Cops: Speeding driver blew a tire, crashed into 8 vehicles on Howard Frankland Bridge

PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) — A man driving at a high rate of speed had made multiple lane changes before blowing a tire, losing control of his car and hitting eight other vehicles on the Howard Frankland Bridge on Monday morning. 10 vehicles were involved in the crashes that had traffic tied up for hours.

Florida Highway Patrol investigators say Ivan M. Hall, 62, of St. Petersburg was driving a 2007 Hyundai Sonata in the right emergency shoulder lane of the bridge at 8:33 a.m. when one of his tires blew out and he lost control of the car and wound up crashing into the other vehicles.

It happened in the eastbound lanes at mile marker 35. Hall was transported to Tampa General Hospital with serious injuries. Alcohol and drug tests are pending.

The series of crashes initially shut down eastbound lanes of the Howard Frankland Bridge and created a traffic jam that lasted for hours. Lanes were gradually reopened. Around noon, all but one lane had been reopened.

Below are details about the crashes that were released by the Florida Highway Patrol.

V-1 (2007 Sonotoa driven by Ivan M. Hall, 62, of St. Petersburg) was traveling northbound on I-275 traveling on the right emergency shoulder approaching the Howard Frankland Bridge.

V-2 (2005 Mercury driven by Consuelo M. Santiago Dean, 51, of St. Petersburg) was traveling northbound in the outside lane on I-275 approaching milepost 35.

V-3 (2009 Honda Civic driven by Patrickl L. Tinney, 47, of St. Petersburg) was northbound in the outside center lane on I-275 approaching milepost 35.

V-4 (2001 Freightliner Semi driven by Maria C. Villalobo, 52, of St. Petersburg) was northbound in the outside lane on I-275 approaching milepost 35.

V-5 (2016 Dodge Avenger driven by Lisa J. Dye, 50, of Toledo, OH) was northbound in the outside lane on I-275 approaching milepost 35.

V-6 (2008 Honda CRV driven by Deborah Douglas, 56, of St. Petersburg) was northbound in the outside center lane on I-275 approaching milepost 35.

V-7 (2013 Dodge driven by Carmen Hayes-Hernandez, 58, of Tampa) was northbound in the outside lane on I-275 approaching milepost 35.

V-8 (2012 Mazda driven by Angela L. Zercher, 21, of Tallahassee) was northbound in the outside center lane on I-275 approaching milepost 3.

V-9 (2014 BMW driven by Alexandros Deliyannis, 43, of Tampa)

V-10 (2001 Volkswagen driven by Paul Ernest Tevis Jr., 43, of Seminole) were northbound in the inside lane on I-275 approaching milepost 36.

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D-1 experienced a front left tire blow out and lost control of V-1. V-1 struck the right rear of V-2 with its left front end. V-2 was then propelled forward and struck the right rear of V-3 with its left front end.

V-1 then struck the concrete wall barrier with its right rear end. V-1 continued northbound in the right emergency shoulder and struck the right rear tire of V-4 with its left side.

V-1 proceeded northbound and struck the rear of V-5 with its front end. After impact, V-5 was propelled counter-clockwise and struck the rear of V-6 with its right side. V-5 continued to spin counter-clockwise and struck the left concrete wall barrier with its left rear side.

V-1 continued northbound and sideswiped the right side of V-7 with its left side. V-1 then entered the outside center lane and struck the left rear side of V-8 with its right side.

V-1 then struck the right rear of V-9 with its left front end. V-1 then struck the left rear of V-10 with its front left end. V-10 then spun counter-clockwise and struck the right front end of V-1 with its left front end. V-1 came to final rest facing northbound in the inside center lane.

V-2 came to final rest facing northbound in the outside lane and right emergency lane. V-3 was moved off the roadway and onto the right shoulder. V-4 came to final rest in the outside lane.

V-5 came to final rest facing eastbound in the inside lane. V-6 came to final rest facing eastbound in the outside lane. V-7 came to final rest facing northbound in the outside lane. V-8, V-9, and V-10 were moved off the travel lanes and onto the right shoulder.

Prior to the crash occurring, V-1 was observed traveling at a high rate of speed, completing multiple lane changes to include utilizing both emergency shoulders prior to the tire blow out, during which time another vehicle sustained minor damage to its windshield from debris. D-1 remains at TGH in serious, but stable condition.

Charges are pending at this time.

This is what it looked like at 10:59 am on Monday, hours after the accident. F-DOT camera image
This is what it looked like at 10:59 am on Monday, hours after the accident. F-DOT camera image

 

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