Sunday, January 21, 2018
Public safety

Jackknifed truck collides with van on I-275, blocking northbound lanes in Tampa

TAMPA — A semitrailer truck and a van collided Tuesday morning on Interstate 275, injuring one of the drivers.

The crash happened about 3:15 a.m. on the northbound lanes of the interstate north of Busch Boulevard, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

It started, troopers said, when a sport utility vehicle cut off the semi, which was driven by Brian Patrick Briggs, 28, of Clearwater. As Briggs applied the brakes to avoid the SUV, his semi jackknifed into the path of the van.

The van driver, George Edward Starcovic, 48, of Tampa, was cut out of the vehicle by emergency crews and taken to St. Joseph's Hospital. He suffered non-life-threatening injuries, troopers said. Briggs was not hurt.

Both drivers wore seat belts.

The driver of the SUV that set off the events did not stop.

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