Driver thrown into Tampa Bay after Howard Frankland Bridge crash

Hillsborough County

TAMPA (WFLA) – The southbound lanes of the Howard Frankland Bridge were closed for multiple hours due to a multi-car crash that sent a driver into Tampa Bay.

The Florida Highway Patrol says Nissan Frontier with a small trailer parked in the inside southbound lane of I-275, just south of the bridge crest, and the driver was out of the vehicle.

FHP say a Toyota Corolla took evasive action to avoid a crash but struck the trailer, which slammed into the driver and sent him over the wall into Tampa Bay.

A Jeep Compass then hit the back of the Corolla, according to FHP.

Tampa Fire Rescue says the person was rescued from the water and transported as a trauma alert to a local hospital.

Two lanes have since reopened however heavy delays are still expected.

This is a developing story check back for updates.

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April 24 2021 08:00 am

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