Friday, May 25, 2018
Public safety

Semitrailer truck crash snarls traffic on I-275 in Tampa

TAMPA — A semitrailer truck carrying a load of sand lost control Friday morning on Interstate 275 near West Shore Boulevard, slamming into a car before crashing into a concrete barrier.

No one was seriously injured in the crash, but it did block several lanes of the interstate for about two hours, Florida Highway Patrol troopers said.

The accident happened about 11:12 a.m. as the semi was headed south on the interstate in the center lane. A mechanical problem with the truck's steer axles caused the driver, Silvio Torres-Hernandez, to lose control, troopers said. The truck veered left and hit a 1995 Buick in the inside lane before moving into the emergency lane.

The truck then collided with the center concrete barrier wall and slammed into two light poles before stopping, troopers said. The crash hurled sand across the highway, blocking traffic in the northbound lanes.

The driver of the Buick, Theresa Ann Alexander, 53, of Seminole was taken to St. Joseph's Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

Cleanup from the crash slowed traffic in both directions of I-275. Authorities briefly stopped all traffic on the highway just after 1:15 p.m. to remove one of the light poles that was damaged in the crash.

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