Spilled Gravel Causes Three-Car Crash in Hillsborough
One driver received serious injuries after falling from an overpass when he was hit while standing on the roadside.
HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY – Florida Highway Patrol troopers are searching for the driver of a truck that spilled gravel, causing a three-car crash that seriously injured one driver.
William Swartz, 24, of Tampa, was taken to Tampa General with serious injuries. The other two drivers were not hurt.
The crash happened about 9:23 this morning (Nov. 29) on the eastbound exit ramp to I-4 from the Crosstown Connector. Troopers said an “unknown truck” entered the ramp and spilled a “large amount of gravel” on the roadway.
Moments later, troopers said, a 2007 Buick driven by Irene Blitch, 56, of Tampa, was traveling on the ramp. Blitch lost control because of the gravel and collided with the barrier wall. Then Swartz, who was driving a 2006 Pontiac, also lost control and collided with the barrier wall. Swartz got out of his car to inspect the damage as a 2003 Toyota driven by Dorothy Moore, 66, of Tampa, approached.
Moore also lost control and hit the barrier wall. After hitting the wall, troopers said she collided with the Pontiac and hit Swartz, knocking him over the barrier wall where he fell 33 feet to the ground.
Troopers are asking that anyone with information about the truck that spilled the gravel should contact the FHP by calling (813) 631-4020.
For information about the Florida Highway Patrol, go to flhsmv.gov.
Photos courtesy of the Florida Highway Patrol.
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