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Downtown St. Petersburg trolley crash injures woman

At least one person was injured in the crash, which occurred on Central Avenue and 16th Street.
Police are on the scene of a crash in downtown Wednesday that involves a trolley.
Police are on the scene of a crash in downtown Wednesday that involves a trolley. [ ANGELICA EDWARDS | Times ]
Published Jun. 15|Updated Jun. 15

ST. PETERSBURG — A woman was critically injured Wednesday after a crash involving a Chrysler Pacifica she was driving and a trolley, St. Petersburg police reported.

The crash occurred at 10:05 a.m. at the intersection of Central Avenue and 16th Street North, police said. The driver of a trolley heading west on Central had a green light at the intersection. The trolley struck the left side of the Chrysler after that driver had gone through a red light at the intersection while traveling south on 16th Street North, police said in a news release.

Police said the Pacifica driver, who is a woman in her 70s, was taken to a hospital, where she was in critical but stable condition. A spokesperson later described her injuries as life-threatening. Her name was not released.

The intersection was closed after the crash as police investigated.

About a half-dozen passengers on the trolley went to the hospital with minor injuries, said Stephanie Rank, a spokesperson for the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority, which operates the trolley. Rank said a number of other passengers declined medical treatment on the scene.

Rank described the crash as a “t-bone” wreck and said the Pacifica was pushed into a number of parked cars after the impact.

Police are on the scene of a crash in downtown Wednesday that involves a trolley. Police said in a news release that at least one person is injured.
Police are on the scene of a crash in downtown Wednesday that involves a trolley. Police said in a news release that at least one person is injured. [ Mary Claire Molloy ]
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