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Traffic moving again on Howard Frankland Bridge

A semitrailer slammed into a car parked in the emergency lane on the eastbound Howard Frankland Bridge on Monday afternoon, sending two women to the hospital in what turned out to be a tedious delay for rush hour commuters.

It happened at about 4:10 p.m., and stalled Tampa-bound traffic for two hours.

According to authorities, the truck driver, Robert Woodnicki, 34, was in the far right lane when another vehicle's movement forced him into the right-hand emergency lane. The truck then struck a parked blue Ford passenger car, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

After the collision, two women in the parked car were extricated by St. Petersburg Fire Rescue firefighters. They were taken to St. Joseph's hospital in stable condition. No charges were filed.

Traffic moving again on Howard Frankland Bridge 05/10/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, May 11, 2010 8:36am]
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