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I-275 crash at Roosevelt Boulevard exit injures two, snarls traffic

Northbound traffic backs up at the Roosevelt Boulevard exit Wednesday morning after a wreck there blocked several lanes and required an evacuation by helicopter ambulance.

SCOTT KEELER | Times

Northbound traffic backs up at the Roosevelt Boulevard exit Wednesday morning after a wreck there blocked several lanes and required an evacuation by helicopter ambulance.

ST. PETERSBURG — The northbound ramp from Interstate 75 to Roosevelt Boulevard was closed Wednesday morning while police and fire rescue units investigated a crash.

The accident happened about 7 a.m. St. Petersburg Fire Rescue spokesman Lt. Joel Granata said it appears the driver lost control of his vehicle and hit a guard rail. When they arrived, authorities found the driver and a passenger in the road, but Granata said it did not appear they'd been thrown from the car.

Granata said a medical helicopter transported the driver to Bayfront Health St. Petersburg with critical injuries. The passenger was taken by ambulance to Bayfront Health, but was stable, Granata said.

The ramp reopened about 8 a.m., but the 30-minute closure caused backups to 54th Avenue N, Granata said. Shortly after 10:30 a.m., the state Department of Transportation tweeted via its @fl511_tampabay acount that the wreck had been cleared.

I-275 crash at Roosevelt Boulevard exit injures two, snarls traffic 10/23/13 [Last modified: Wednesday, October 23, 2013 2:53pm]
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