ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — A 25-year-old St. Petersburg man was arrested and charged with DUI after an early-morning wrong-way crash Thursday on the Howard Frankland Bridge. 

The northbound lanes of the Howard Frankland Bridge were closed for several hours early Thursday after the wrong-way crash involving two vehicles. 

  • Wrong-way crash in NB lanes of Howard Frankland Bridge
  • NB lanes closed for six hours
  • 1 driver in critical condition; 2nd driver in serious condition
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According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the crash happened just before 2 a.m. on the Pinellas side of the bridge.  The lanes were reopened just before 7 a.m.

Troopers said 25-year-old Andy Andreia Cuff, Jr. was driving a 2008 Chrysler 300 south in the northbound lanes and struck a 2013 Hyundai head-on.

The 24-year-old woman driving the Hyundai was taken to St. Joseph's Hospital in critical condition. 

Cuff was taken to St. Joseph's, treated and released. He has been arrested and charged with DUI serious injury and driving in the wrong direction. 

This is the second wrong-way crash on the bridge in recent weeks. 

On Oct. 19, 46-year old Renard Antonio McGriff was killed when he drove the wrong way on the bridge and caused a head-on crash involving three vehicles. 

The northbound side of the bridge was shut down for about four hours after that fatal crash.