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Motorcyclist from Largo killed after hitting tractor trailer on I-275 in Tampa

Troopers said the motorcyclist was traveling at a "high rate of speed" before hitting the back of a tractor trailer.
Northbound traffic on Interstate 275 in Tampa is diverted onto the Kennedy Boulevard exit after a crash early Thursday morning. All lanes had reopened by 6:30 a.m.
Northbound traffic on Interstate 275 in Tampa is diverted onto the Kennedy Boulevard exit after a crash early Thursday morning. All lanes had reopened by 6:30 a.m. [ Florida Department of Transportation ]
Published Aug. 13, 2020
Updated Aug. 13, 2020

TAMPA — A motorcyclist from Largo was killed in a crash on northbound I-275 on the north end of the Howard Frankland Bridge early Thursday morning, the Florida Highway Patrol reported.

Troopers said the 23-year-old man was traveling at a “high rate of speed” in the northbound lanes at about 2:45 a.m. when he ran into the back of a tractor trailer driven by a 63-year-old Tampa man.

The motorcyclist died at the scene. The driver of the tractor trailer was not injured. The highway patrol trooper did not release the names of either driver citing their interpretation of Marsy’s Law.

Troopers closed all northbound lanes until about 5:30 a.m. as they investigated.