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Overturned Red Bull truck, multi-vehicle crash causes delays on I-275

ST. PETERSBURG — Early morning drivers wished Red Bull really could give you wings when a multiple-vehicle crash and overturned Red Bull truck shut down two lanes and caused delays on Interstate 275 south on Friday.

It all began when a BMW stalled at about the 30 mile marker just before 6:30 a.m. The driver couldn't make it to the shoulder of the road, causing a white sport utility vehicle to stop in the lane, said Florida Highway Patrol spokesman Steve Gaskins.

That's when the SUV was rear-ended by a white pickup truck, troopers said. The pickup was followed by the Red Bull semitrailer truck, an 18-wheel car carrier and a Dodge pickup, officials said.

The Red Bull truck swerved left and then right in an attempt to avoid a pileup, Gaskins said. The truck made it to the right-hand shoulder of the road, but then collided with the 18-wheeler and Dodge.

It came to a stop when it flipped over onto its side on the grassy shoulder.

The accident backed traffic up for about half a mile just past the Ulmerton Road exit. Red Bull cans and debris littered the roadway as several emergency vehicles raced to the scene.

By 7:17 a.m. the road had been cleared, officials said.

The extent of damage done to the vehicles was not immediately known.

No one was injured in the collision, Gaskins said.

Slow moving traffic over the Howard Frankland coming into Pinellas County was expected to last through rush hour, officials said.

No further information was immediately available.

Overturned Red Bull truck, multi-vehicle crash causes delays on I-275 03/09/12 [Last modified: Friday, March 9, 2012 12:35pm]
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