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skyway vehicle incidents

vehicle mishaps occur on and along the skyway corridor, 2016 on.
updated: 03.29.22

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03.29.22: vehicle accident.
03.29.22, IONTBfb, Skyway Bridge: Crash southbound I-275. Left lane blocked. later: Motorcyclist involved. Non life-threatening injuries.
03.06.22: skyway 10k head-on crash.
Kristen Kay Watts, 52
03.06.22,, Trooper injured in DUI crash after woman collides head-on into agency vehicle near south toll booth of Skyway Bridge.
Multiple public safety agencies were dispatched to a vehicle crash involving a FHP trooper at approximately 8:45 a.m. on Sunday, March 6, 2022.
Kristen Kay Watts, age 52 of Sarasota, was operating a 2011 BMW 335i northbound on I-275 at a high rate of speed, approaching a road closure in place due to the Armed Forces Skyway 10K Race. She failed to stop or detour onto US-41 as directed; instead the vehicle drove through numerous traffic cones and around other barricades with State Officers present. The Officers attempted to conduct a traffic stop of the vehicle which continued northbound on I-275.
Failing to stop for the State Officers, The BMW encountered two additional FWC Officers assigned to guard the Toll Plaza. Once again, she failed to stop, and continued through the Toll Plaza. She then encountered two FHP Troopers who were responding southbound in the northbound lanes of I-275 from the south rest area to intercept the vehicle and protect the thousands afoot on the Skyway Bridge. As the BMW approached the two Troopers, both stopped in the travel lanes and within moments the BMW collided nearly head-on with one of the Troopers operating a 2019 Chevy Tahoe.
The collision caused serious injuries to both drivers who were transported to an area hospital and closed the northbound lanes of I-275 for several hours. Watts was later arrested by FHP Troopers for DUI Serious Injury.
Watts was transported to Bayfront Health St. Petersburg as a trauma alert. The 47 year-old female Trooper, with serious injuries, was transported to a local trauma center.

03.06.22,, FHP: DUI driver bypassed roadblocks, crashed into cruiser guarding Skyway 10K race Sunday morning.

    Kristen Kay Watts
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06.02.22,, Accused drunk driver in Skyway 10k crash deemed incompetent to stand trial.
11.30.21: vehicle accident.
11.30.21, IONTBfb, Skyway Bridge: Lane blockage northbound I-275 on the bridge due to a reported vehicle crash. Fire Rescue crews enroute.
12.28.20: suv spins and winds up on bridge barrier after rear-end collision.
12.29.20,, By Dennis Joyce, ST. PETERSBURG — A 57-year-old Myakka City man escaped injury when a car rear-ended his sport utility vehicle, sending it spinning across the Sunshine Skyway Bridge before it came to rest on top a concrete barrier.
The collision occurred about 7:15 p.m. Monday about four miles south of the Pinellas Bayway, where the span bends toward the southeast.
The SUV driver was headed south in the outside lane of the bridge when he stopped for construction work, the Florida Highway Patrol said. A car behind him, driven by a 25-year-old St. Peterburg man, failed to stop and collided with the rear of the SUV, causing it to rotate onto the outside barrier wall.
Both men as well as a passenger in the car were wearing seatbelts. No one was injured.
05.16.20: motorcycle accident
05.16.20, IONTBfb/, Two seriously injured following rear tire blowout on motorcycle while traveling on the Skyway Bridge.
The Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) continues to investigate a crash that occurred at approximately 12:57 p.m. on Saturday, May 16, 2020.
The crash occurred as a motorcyclist was traveling northbound on the Pinellas side of the Skyway Bridge.
Troopers report that the motorcycle sustained a rear tire blowout causing the 71 year-old male driver to lose control and overturn. Both the male driver and the 57 year-old passenger were ejected. They were both transported via ambulance to Bayfront Health St. Petersburg with serious injuries.
Trooper say both occupants were wearing helmets at the time of the crash.

04.15.20: accident

04.15.20,, SKYWAY BRIDGE NB, DispatchTime: 17:26 ArriveTime: 17:35 Notes: w/ INJURIES AND ROADBLOCK

04.15.20, Hillsborough Sheriff, TRAFFIC CRASH - WITH INJURIES, 17:25, 17:35
04.14.20, IONTBfb, Skyway Bridge: Rollover crash in Manatee County in the northbound lanes of I-275 North at MM 10. Left lane blocked heading into Pinellas.
02.28.20: car fire
02.28.20, IONTBfb, Skyway Bridge: Vehicle fire northbound travel lanes affected atop the bridge. Expect delays. #MoveOver

•Cree W.,

•Brandi P.,

02.28.20,, Car fires shuts down part of Sunshine Skyway during rush hour
A car fire Friday afternoon shut down the northbound lanes of Interstate 275 at the Sunshine Skyway Bridge Friday afternoon, backing up traffic for miles.
The fire, reported at about 4:15 p.m., was at the top of the span of the bridge over Tampa Bay.
As of 7 p.m., the bridge was reopened.
02.13.20: accident
02.13.20, IONTBfb, Skyway: Crash reported in the northbound lanes of the Skyway Bridge. Expect delays.


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