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Names, some details released in three-vehicle crash on I-275

TAMPA — More details were released Monday about a crash on Interstate 275 that blocked traffic for more than two hours Sunday night and sent several people to hospitals.

It unfolded on an overpass just south of Fowler Avenue. Alfredo Martinez, 51, was driving nine people in a maroon GMC Envoy, weaving in and out of traffic in the northbound lanes, according to officials from Tampa Fire Rescue and the Florida Highway Patrol.

Just before 9 p.m., Martinez struck a concrete barrier wall on the left shoulder and careened across the roadway into a black Lexus IS300, driven by 24-year-old Jordan Allen McBride.

The crash spun the Lexus around and into the path of a white Pontiac Sunbird driven by Michael R. Rios, 27.

The Envoy and Lexus kept sliding across the northbound lanes to the shoulder, where the Envoy struck the guardrail, the pillar of a message board and a speed limit sign before tumbling over the rail into a ditch at least 15 feet down.

Martinez and two passengers, 49-year-old Sylvia Martinez and 3-year-old Emily Vazquez, were thrown from the sport utility vehicle as it flipped over. It eventually landed on its wheels.

The driver's-side door of the Lexus smashed into a pole, which saved it from following the SUV down into the ditch, said Tampa Fire Rescue Capt. Bill Wade.

The Pontiac was left in the center lane with significant damage to the front of the car.

A total of 12 people were injured in the crash, Wade said. Many of those were cuts and bruises.

Three people — the two Martinezes and their 3-year-old passenger — were hospitalized with serious injuries. The Highway Patrol said Monday they were all stable. A full accident report was not available. Someone who answered Martinez's phone Monday declined comment.

Names, some details released in three-vehicle crash on I-275 05/09/11 [Last modified: Monday, May 9, 2011 11:06pm]
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