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Tampa's Bruce B. Downs reopens after power lines fall in collision

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.

Tampa's Bruce B. Downs reopens after power lines fall in collision 08/30/12 [Last modified: Thursday, August 30, 2012 8:49pm]
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