A three-car accident involving 13 people shut down a portion of I-275 in Tampa for several hours on Sunday night. Twelve people were transported to hospitals from the scene of the crash, with three in serious condition, including a three-year-old girl.
Authorities told TampaBay.com that the crash occurred shortly before 9 p.m. on an overpass near Fowler Avenue. There, a maroon GMC Envoy, which was driven by a 51-year-old man and carrying nine passengers, hit a center retaining wall. The GMC then crashed into a black Lexus IS300, which was driven by a 24-year-old male. The Lexus was pushed into the path of a white Pontiac Sunbird with three people inside; it then slammed into a pole.
Meanwhile, the GMC continued to careen into a guardrail, a message board pillar, and a speed limit sign before rolling down an embankment. Two of the passengers in the GMC—a 49-year-old woman and a three-year old girl—were ejected from the vehicle.
Tampa Fire Rescue Captain Will Wade said that 12 people total were injured in the accident, though many of those injuries were cuts and bruises. The three people hospitalized with serious injuries were each listed in stable condition on Monday.
Prior to the accident the GMC had reportedly been weaving in and out of traffic.
ABC Action News reports that 32 responders were needed to work the crash and that the Florida Highway Patrol is investigating the cause of the car accidents.
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