I am glad I was not on the road for most of Sunday, and even then, we stayed on surface streets and around the neighborhood. Three crashes (I-75, I-4 and I-275) all had major accidents within a two hour window Sunday afternoon that involved over 100 vehicles, and sent 14 people to the hospital. Fortunately, no one seemed to have life-threatening injuries.
Just after 3pm there was a pileup on I-75 northbound that involved 14 cars and a charter bus. Six people were taken to the hospital and the northbound side was closed for nearly 2 hours.
Then, just after 4:30 in Polk County when there were 23 separate crashes involving over 45 vehicles. Four people were hospitalized. Traffic was backed up for six miles, but one lane was opened up in about 40 minutes.
According to TBO.com:
The third chain-reaction wreck happened at 4:53 p.m. on the Tampa side of the Howard Franklin Bridge’s southbound lanes of Interstate 275.
Troopers said 19 crashes involved 64 vehicles. The crash scene stretched for nearly a mile, troopers said. Four people were hospitalized.
Two lanes were closed and westbound traffic trickled through one open lane. It was four hours before all the lanes were opened, troopers said.
What an afternoon.