TAMPA — Morning rush-hour traffic was backed up for more than an hour along Interstate 275 north of the Interstate 4 interchange after an early Thursday crash that left one person in critical condition, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
Ernest Alexander, 48, of Zephyrhills, was transported to Tampa General Hospital after his 1998 Buick Regal struck the back of a Portable Sanitation truck.
The truck driver, Gregory Charlemagne, 26, of Tampa, was uninjured.
Alexander was traveling southbound on I-275 in the left lane. Charlemagne's vehicle was parked on the east shoulder of the roadway after his left rear tire blew out, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. It was properly parked.
Alexander's vehicle left I-275 and hit the truck.
Earlier Thursday morning traffic was backed up to Sligh Avenue as authorities investigated. Motorists were asked to avoid the area.
One lane reopened about 7:40 a.m., allowing traffic to begin flowing again. All lanes were reopened around 8 a.m.
The crash occurred about 6 a.m.
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