The northbound lanes of the Howard Frankland Bridge leading out of Pinellas County have been reopened after an early-morning multi-vehicle crash.
- Crash leading onto Howard Frankland Bridge
- NB lanes out of Pinellas County have been reopened
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Shortly before noon, the Florida Highway Patrol confirmed that the crash involved a fatality. The victim's name hasn't been released.
According to the FHP, the crash happened just before 5 a.m. and involved an RV. The crash happened on the interstate just past 4th Street - where I-275 becomes the Howard Frankland.
Troopers said a furniture dolly in the roadway started the chain-reaction crash.
At 4:41 a.m., a car struck the dolly and lost control, hitting the RV, which then crashed into the barrier wall. The RV took a chunk of concrete out of the wall upon impact.
A pick-up truck then struck the RV and overturned. The driver of the pick-up was taken to Tampa General Hospital.
The crashed closed the bridge to northbound traffic for several hours. Lanes were slowly reopened to traffic just before 8 a.m.
Delays remained on the bridge and in the Gandy Boulevard-Ulmerton Road-Roosevelt Boulevard areas long after the crash.