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Palm Harbor Man Seriously Injured in Howard Frankland Crash

Howard Frankland Crash | I-275 Crash | Florida Highway Patrol

A tow truck driver lost control of his vehicle and hit a pickup truck parked near a construction area.

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY – A Palm Harbor man was seriously injured this morning when the pickup truck in which he was riding was hit by a tow truck on the Howard Frankland Bridge, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

The 49-year-old Palm Harbor man was seriously injured in the crash. His passenger, a 25-year-old Lake Panasoffkee man suffered minor injuries. The other driver, a 62-year-old Lutz man, suffered minor injuries. It is unclear who, if anyone, was taken to a hospital.

The crash happened about 3:21 a.m. on the Hillsborough County side of the Howard Frankland Bridge/I-275 at about mile marker 36.

Troopers said a tow truck driven by the Lutz man was traveling north on the bridge when the driver lost control. The two truck traveled onto the outside paved shoulder and hit the rear of a pickup truck/construction vehicle that was parked in the shoulder ahead of a construction lane closure sign.

The force of the impact cause both vehicles to travel across the bridge until they came to rest along the inside shoulder and across travel lanes.


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