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Four flee hit-and-run crash that shut down southbound Howard Frankland Bridge

A 36-year-old Tampa man suffered minor injuries, troopers said.
The Florida Highway patrol are searching for four people who fled the scene of a early morning crash on the Howard Frankland Bridge Saturday, April 16.
The Florida Highway patrol are searching for four people who fled the scene of a early morning crash on the Howard Frankland Bridge Saturday, April 16. [ The Florida Highway Patrol ]
Published Apr. 16

A hit-and-run crash early Saturday morning on the Howard Frankland Bridge closed all southbound lanes of I-275 and left a Tampa man injured, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Saturday at 5:20 a.m. a person driving a Mercedes sedan was traveling south on I-275, near Milepost 35, in the outside lane. Another person was driving parallel in the center lane in a Nissan Pathfinder, trailering a boat.

For an unspecified reason, the driver of the sedan lost control of the vehicle and went to the outside shoulder of the road, eventually colliding with a barrier wall, according to troopers.

The sedan made its way back onto the road, but then crashed into the trailer towed by the Pathfinder. As a result, the pathfinder jackknifed into the inside lanes of the Howard Frankland Bridge, troopers said, while the boat separated from the trailer and came to a stop.

After the crash, the sedan stopped in the travel lanes of I-275. Four unidentified people in the sedan fled the crash on foot, according to troopers.

A 36-year-old Tampa man had minor injuries from the crash, which closed all southbound lanes of I-275 until 7:40 a.m., troopers said.

Anyone with information about the crash is asked to call the Highway Patrol.

This is a developing story. Stay with tampabay.com for updates.

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