ST. PETERSBURG — Authorities this afternoon cleaned up three wrecks that were delaying traffic on southbound Interstate 275 around downtown.
One of the wrecks took place along a particularly troublesome stretch of road where the elevated I-375 exit ramp splits off from I-275.
The first crash was a hit-and-run crash that took place during heavy rains around 1:53 p.m. on the I-375 exit ramp, according to St. Petersburg Fire Rescue.
The other vehicle apparently fled the scene, authorities say, leaving the other vehicle wrecked along the elevated curve of the off-ramp. A patient was taken to Bayfront Medical Center for treatment.
The second accident today took place around where the two interstates split apart, authorities say, at 1:58 p.m. was a minor fender-bender involving two vehicles, according to firefighters, and those involved did not want to be taken to the hospital.
The third crash was reported at 2:05 p.m. between two vehicles at the same split. Three occupants refused medical treatment, authorities say.
That off-ramp has seen a motorcyclist plunge over the wall in 2001, a diesel tanker explode after striking the same retaining wall two years ago and this year a 23-year-old driver died after his out-of-control vehicle crashed over the barrier wall and fell 45 feet.
Though the state has denied the ramp is unsafe, it did start making some safety improvements in May.