Crash leaves tractor-trailer hanging off Howard Frankland Bridge, road back open

Photo courtesy Florida Highway Patrol.

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – The Howard Frankland Bridge is back open Sunday morning after a crash that left a tractor-trailer hanging over the water, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Three vehicles were involved in the Saturday night crash.

Troopers say 31-year-old Omar Deleon was headed north in his Nissan Altima when he ran out of gas and stopped in the inside lane. Another driver headed north in an Audi A4 then hit the Nissan before spinning into the path of a tractor-trailer. 

That’s when FHP investigators say the tractor-trailer, driven by 54-year-old Darryl Brown, jackknifed and hit an inside barrier wall of the bridge.

All three drivers suffered minor injuries. The unidentified 66-year-old driver of the Audi was taken to Tampa General Hospital.

Deleon was cited for an improper stop on an interstate.

One northbound lane of the bridge towards Tampa was shut down for several hours.


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