TAMPA — Bruce B. Downs Boulevard was closed off in both directions for more than four hours Thursday after an accident toppled power lines and injured one person, officials said.
A Chevrolet Impala was traveling south on Bruce B. Downs Boulevard just after 8 a.m. As the car attempted to turn into Oak Ramble Complex, it pulled into the path of a pickup.
The truck driver, David Mitchell, 55, tried to avoid a collision, but hit the Impala's back end and rolled into a TECO power pole, snapping it in half, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.
TECO responded to the scene to take care of the downed power line, which stretched across all four lanes of road. The road was reopened about 1 p.m. when the cleanup was complete.
Only one person was injured in the crash — an unidentified passenger who was treated and released from Florida Hospital on Fletcher Avenue.
The driver of the Impala, Francis Griesser, 24, was charged with driving with a suspended license and failing to yield the right of way.