TAMPA - An accident that occurred just after 7AM on the Sunshine Skyway Bridge caused delays throughout the morning rush. The outside lane of northbound I-275 was blocked approaching the top of the bridge for at least two hours, backing up traffic out of Manatee County. An accident report has not yet been released.
Here's a recap of the Friday morning drive:
8:46 -- SAFETY HARBOR: Accident at 11th Ave N & Main St.
8:40 -- LARGO: Crash @ Belcher Rd & Belleair Rd
8:39 -- PINELLAS CO - BELLEAIR BEACH: Accident at Gulf Blvd & 19th St.
8:32 -- I-4 TAMPA: Crash reported westbound near MM 1, approaching downtown. Only traffic delays I see are right at the I-275 exit.
8:22 -- DUNEDIN: Crash @ Belcher Rd & Saddle Hill Rd
8:11 -- PALM HARBOR: Fender bender at US-19 & Alderman Rd
8:06 -- ST. PETERSBURG: Crash at 62nd Ave N & 34th St. Also still have that fuel spill at 49th St N & 118th Ave
7:59 -- I-75 HILLSBOROUGH CO UPDATE: Pickup that lost its load NB at US-301 exit is being towed away right now. No delays! #Yay
7:58 -- SUNSHINE SKYWAY UPDATE: Still just one lane open NB I-275 approaching the hump with delays back to the rest stop.
7:55 -- PINELLAS PARK: Fuel spill reported @ 49th St N & 118th Ave. Doesn't sound like too big of a deal.
7:32 -- I-4 HILLSBOROUGH CO: Westbound delays at McIntosh Rd.
7:19 -- I-75 HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY: Northbound delays from Progress Blvd to US-301 due to cargo spill.
7:10 -- SUNSHINE SKYWAY UPDATE: VERY SLOW out of Manatee into Pinellas Co. @mongoLgravy reports 3 car accident w/injuries, debris. EMS on scene.
6:52 -- PINELLAS PARK: EMS responding to accident on 118th Ave N east of 66th St.
6:33 -- I-4 DRIVE TIME westbound from US-98 in Lakeland to I-75 in Tampa = 22 minutes
6:05 -- VETERANS EXPRESSWAY: Lookin' good so far. (It's early!) >15 minutes from Van Dyke Rd to I-275 exits near TIA.
5:37 -- SARASOTA: FHP responding to accident on US-301 & Fruitville Rd.
5:22 -- INTERSTATES are quiet!
5:06 -- TAMPA: HCSO investigating an early morning accident involving an off-duty deputy vehicle. No injuries were reported. The accident occurred at Twiggs St & Tampa St around 3:30AM.