String of accidents shuts down Interstate 4 for an hour near Seffner

SEFFNER — A series of crashes on Interstate 4 shut down all westbound lanes for about an hour Tuesday morning as traffic built up on both sides of the highway.

Authorities reopened all lanes by 9:15 a.m., nearly three hours after a semitrailer truck collided with two other vehicles.

Troopers said the truck failed to stop in time before hitting the rear of a Honda and colliding with a Chevy pickup.

The truck and Honda veered to the interstate's inside shoulder, while the Chevy went right and struck a Buick.

The Honda appeared to have wound up beneath the truck, which was stopped by the guardrail.

Troopers said two people were hospitalized after the crash. One person was taken to St. Joseph's Hospital, the other to Tampa General Hospital.

By 9 a.m. the vehicles were moved off the road and into the median as troopers continued to investigate.

Cars sat bumper to bumper for at least 5 miles from the accident scene.

On the eastbound side of the interstate, all lanes remained opened, but a nearby crash under the Interstate 75 overpass forced motorists to circumvent emergency vehicles along the side of the road.

The Florida Highway Patrol said that that collision also involved injuries. It was not immediately clear who was hurt in either accident.

Traffic heading into Tampa was backed up to Plant City, according to Bay News 9.

String of accidents shuts down Interstate 4 for an hour near Seffner 08/16/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, August 16, 2011 1:34pm]

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