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Tampa driver, 34, killed when he spins off I-275; crash stops downtown traffic

The pickup was headed south when the driver missed the curve, spun out, hit a guardrail and overturned.
Traffic bunches up in the southbound lanes of Interstate 275 near Interstate 4, at right, after a crash involving a truck.
Traffic bunches up in the southbound lanes of Interstate 275 near Interstate 4, at right, after a crash involving a truck. [ Florida Department of Transportation ]
Published May 26
Updated May 26

TAMPA — One man died and another was seriously injured when a pickup truck tumbled off Interstate 275 near the downtown exit after failing to follow a curve, troopers said.

The 3:15 a.m. crash shut down southbound I-275 lanes for about four hours.

The driver, a 34-year-old Tampa man, died in the crash, the Florida Highway Patrol said. A 35-year-old Oakland Park man riding with him received serious injuries. Both men were wearing seatbelts.

The pickup was headed south on I-275 when the driver missed the curve, spun out, hit a guardrail and overturned.

The driver was ejected. Troopers were working to notify his next of kin.