Multiple Tampa car accidents last week led to serious injuries and fatalities in the metro area. The trouble started before 5:00 a.m. on this first day of the workweek. An SUV and dump truck were tangled in a serious crash around 4:45 a.m. that blocked northbound lanes on the Sunshine Skyway Bridge for several hours. Medical helicopters arrived, landed on the road and safely removed the injured for transportation to a local hospital. The crash is known to have been fatal. This medical intervention was the main cause for the road closure but the Sunshine Skyway was reopened and fully clear of delays by 7:15 a.m.
At 6:40 a.m., however, the news came in on another Tampa car accident. A bicyclist had been hit on eastbound SR-54 right beneath the Suncoast Parkway. This accident caused serious traffic delays and commuter congestion. At times, both eastbound and westbound lanes were closed to traffic as the scene of the accident was investigated. Sadly, the bicyclist who was traveling on the Suncoast Bike Trail was killed by a rock hauling truck.
Then, just before 9:30 a.m. when the Tampa police department reported a truck had attempted a U-turn and busted his fuel tank. This was the the Sunshine Skyway Bridge and two lanes of westbound traffic was completely halted so the fuel could be safely cleaned off the roadway.
Police investigations are currently investigating the fatal accidents.