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Crash on Bayside Bridge backs up rush hour traffic

Two people were hospitalized Thursday morning in an accident on the Bayside Bridge that backed traffic up for miles during rush hour.

A 2006 Jeep Wrangler was heading south in the right lane of the bridge when driver William Wallace, 52, lost control of the car.

He swerved to the left and the front left side of his Jeep hit the front right side of a 2011 Volvo hatchback driven by Kathleen Krauze, 49, of Palm Harbor, troopers said.

Wallace then overcorrected and veered back to the right, said Florida Highway Patrol spokesman Sgt. Steve Gaskins.

He collided with the bridge's retaining wall and his Jeep rolled over, Gaskins said.

Both drivers were hospitalized with minor injuries. Krauze was taken to Mease Countryside Hospital, and Wallace went to Bayfront Medical Center. They were both wearing seat belts.

The accident happened just after 7:30 a.m., causing road blockages and severe traffic delays for about two hours.

By 9:30 the road was fully reopened. Traffic officials estimated the backup caused gridlock traffic for up to 5 miles. Motorists were encouraged to consider alternate routes, such as U.S. 19.

Crash on Bayside Bridge backs up rush hour traffic 12/08/11 [Last modified: Thursday, December 8, 2011 1:29pm]
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