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Accident on Gandy sends one to hospital, blocks eastbound lanes in Pinellas Park

PINELLAS PARK — All eastbound lanes of Gandy Boulevard were blocked off under the Interstate 275 overpass early Wednesday after a serious accident that sent one driver to the hospital.

The driver, who was not immediately identified, was in critical condition with traumatic injuries, according to Pinellas Park Fire Rescue reports.

The nature of the accident was not immediately clear, though initial reports indicated a sedan collided with the back of a boat pulled by a pickup and became wedged underneath the vessel.

As the engine of the boat flew into the windshield, it struck the driver, who had to be cut out of the sedan and rushed to a nearby hospital.

Eastbound traffic was backed up for miles after the road was closed about 7 a.m.

Emergency responders could not say how long the road would be blocked off. Rush hour motorists were advised to seek alternate routes.

Marissa Lang can be reached at or (727) 893-8804.

Accident on Gandy sends one to hospital, blocks eastbound lanes in Pinellas Park 08/08/12 [Last modified: Wednesday, August 8, 2012 11:59am]
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