Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Woman dies in five-vehicle crash on I-75

TAMPA — A chain-reaction crash involving five vehicles on northbound Interstate 75 just south of the Bruce B. Downs exit Saturday afternoon left one person dead and another in critical condition.

It also sent six others to area hospitals.

Rachel Edwards, 34, of Plant City died after being taken by helicopter to Tampa General Hospital. In critical condition is Harry Edwards, a 6-year-old passenger in one of the vehicles.

The Florida Highway Patrol gave this report.

Jeffrey C. Nicoll Jr., 21, driving a 1993 Oldsmobile, didn't notice traffic slowing ahead of him on the inside lane of northbound I-75 and rear-ended a 2001 Toyota Rav4.

The Rav4, driven by Jason H. Edwards of Plant City, spun into the right lane and hit a 2004 Chevrolet pickup truck before flipping onto to its roof in the center of the roadway. Rachel Edwards was a passenger in the Rav4. Jason and Jake Edwards, 3, suffered minor injuries.

Nicoll, who suffered minor injuries, kept going and rear-ended a 2003 Mitsubishi driven by Jeffrey S. Larchar that was pushed into a Mercury van.

All of Nicoll's passengers — Kevin Land, 18, Sara Sims, 19, and Jessica Phelps, 20 — were in serious condition Saturday night at University Community Hospital Fletcher.

The crash happened shortly after 2 p.m. and the freeway was reduced to one lane as crews worked to remove the wrecked vehicles. It was reopened to normal traffic at about 5:45 p.m.

Woman dies in five-vehicle crash on I-75 06/27/09 [Last modified: Saturday, June 27, 2009 11:55pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Muslim leader endorses Kriseman

    Blogs

    Abdul Karim Ali, president of the Tampa Bay Area Muslim Association, announced his support of Mayor Rick Kriseman on Thursday.

    Abdul Karim Ali endorsed Mayor Rick Kriseman Thursday
  2. Air bag inflator ruptures, driver killed in Pasco County

    Autos

    DETROIT — Honda says a driver near Tampa has died in a crash that involved an exploding Takata air bag inflator.

    Honda says a driver near Tampa has died in a crash that involved an exploding Takata air bag inflator. 
[Associated Press]
  3. For starters: Rays at Yankees, in a pretty big series

    Blogs

    The Rays open a challenging road trip tonight in New York, the first of four games against the wild-card leading Yankees.

  4. Jeff Bezos tops Bill Gates as world's richest person — for now

    Corporate

    Jeff Bezos on Thursday took something away from a billionaire neighbor in the Seattle area, Bill Gates — the mantle of world's richest person.

    Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon, discusses his Blue Origin reusable rocket project in Colorado Springs in April. A bump in the price of Amazon shares in July of 2017 was enough to move  Bezos above Bill Gates, the Microsoft co-founder, who has topped Forbes' billionaires list 18 out of the last 23 years. 
(Nick Cote | The New York Times]
  5. Coming to Hulu in August: 'Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure,' 'Saw' movies and more

    Blogs

    Hello, binge-worthy new additions to Hulu. Clue, Clueless and five Saw movies? You spoil us, Hulu.

    Alex Winter and Keanu Reeves in Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure.