TAMPA - A major accident shut down all northbound lanes of I-275 shut down north of Busch Boulevard late Sunday night for more than two hours.
According to Tampa Fire spokesman Bill Wade, three vehicles were involved in the crash and twelve people were transported from the scene to local hospitals, three in serious condition.
The crash happened just before 9:00 p.m. on I-275 just south of Fowler Avenue. The interstate did not reopen until just before 11:30 p.m.
When first responders arrived, they found a white Pontiac Sunfire with three people inside was in the middle of the interstate. A black Lexus IS 300 with one person inside had its driver side door smashed into a sign support post.
The most serious damage was to a maroon GMC Envoy that went over a a guardrail and rolled down the embankment. At least two of the nine people in that SUV were ejected from the vehicle.
One of the victims with serious injuries was taken to Tampa General Hospital, while two others went to St. Joseph's Hospital.
Nine other people were take to hospitals: three to St. Joseph's; and six to Univesity Community Hospital.
A total of 32 responders helped worked the crash. The Florida Highway Patrol is investigating the cause of the accidents.