TAMPA — A rainy morning turned the Howard Frankland bridge into a traffic-laden mess, with accident after accident piling up along the roadway.
And now the alternate routes are taking hits.
On Gandy Boulevard, a green pickup truck hit a yellow mustang that was going south in the center lane as the truck tried to move into that lane, said Florida Highway Patrol spokesman Larry Kraus. The Mustang spun out, landing in the on-ramp of the Gandy Bridge. The driver of the pickup fled the scene, and the driver of the Mustang, 45-year-old Michael Proffit, was just taken to the St. Anthony's Hospital with minor injuries.
Another crash at Park Street and Tyrone Boulevard was recently reported, too. FHP says a car rolled onto its side. The right southbound lane of Park St. was blocked as of 9:10 a.m.
Earlier this morning, a large camping trailer detached from the 2007 gold Chevy SUV lugging it in the northbound lanes of Interstate 275 near the Kennedy Boulevard exit, Kraus said. The SUV driver, 57-year-old Richard Earl Wery, apparently swerved to avoid hitting a ladder that had fallen off another truck, Kraus said. The camper jackknifed, struck the barrier wall and blocked three lanes of traffic for nearly an hour.
As if that wasn't enough, three cars crashed just west of the Howard Frankland's hump shortly after, initially blocking the two right eastbound lanes, Florida Highway Patrol authorities said.
That was cleared up fairly quickly, but FHP is now back on the the bridge responding to a car that struck the barrier wall heading north, just south of the hump.
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