Saturday, June 16, 2018
Public safety

FHP seeks truck driver who slammed into Kennedy Blvd. overpass on I-275

TAMPA — A flatbed semitrailer truck carrying an industrial crane collided with the bottom of the Kennedy Boulevard overpass Tuesday morning on Interstate 275 before the driver sped away down the Howard Frankland Bridge.

While no one was injured in the collision, it did cause significant structural damage to the overpass and to a car that was driving directly behind the semitrailer, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

It happened about 9:22 a.m. as the truck traveled south on the interstate, troopers said. The crane, which sat on the flatbed portion of the truck, was unable to clear the overpass, slamming into its underside.

The collision threw concrete and other debris from the overpass onto the roadway, where a 2011 Mazda CX-7 ran over it, troopers said.

The debris damaged the undercarriage of the car. The driver, Elizabeth McLaughlin, 56, of Tampa, was not injured.

Traffic on the southbound side of I-275 near where the crash happened was reduced to one lane as authorities cleaned debris from the road and assessed the damage.

The truck's driver continued onto the Howard Frankland Bridge and did not stop. Troopers were trying Tuesday to determine the driver's identity and figure out to whom the truck belonged, officials said.

Witnesses to the crash are asked to call the Florida Highway Patrol at (813) 631-4020.

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