TAMPA - Around 7:00 Tuesday morning, a car was reported to be in Bullfrog Creek, near US-41 and Symmes Rd. Hillsborough County Sheriff's deputies, and Captain Al in Action Air One, arrived to find the vehicle, which appeared to be a Hyundai sedan, submerged near a boat dock, with only the truck peeking out of the water. Diver teams later determined that the vehicle was empty, and the Sheriff's department said the vehicle was reported stolen. Onlookers gathered on the bridge over Bullfrog Creek to watch the investigation and retrival of the vehicle, but otherwise there were no delays. I posted pictures on Twitter and on Facebook.
AM DRIVE RECAP:
8:54 -- I-275 slow through downtown Tampa - I-4 to Himes Ave split.
8:48 -- GIBSONTON UPDATE: No on inside the Hyundai that went into Bullfrog Creek. Vehicle was reported stolen.
8:43 -- I-4 TAMPA: Accident WB near MLK, on left inside median. No delays right now per FDOT cam.
8:36 -- GIBSONTON: Dive team searching Hyundai in Bullfrog Creek, near US-41 & Symmes Rd. I tweeted a pic @TampaBayTraffic.
8:25 -- PINELLAS PARK: Crash on Belcher Rd @ 124th Ave N
8:19 -- RIVERVIEW: It looks like pickup heading SB on 41 crossed median and was hit by sedan traveling NB approaching Big Bend. Looks like everyone is OK.
8:14 -- RIVERVIEW/APOLLO BEACH: Capt Al's live pic shows two cars - a sedan and a pickup. US-41 a half mile south of Big Bend Rd. Delays in both directions. Pic on Twitter.
8:09 -- RIVERVIEW: Hearing crash on US-41 near Big Bend Rd may involve couple of flipped vehicles. I'll tweet a pic when chopper on scene.
8:06 -- I-275 TAMPA: Crashes reported SB near Busch & near Fowler, but traffic seems to be moving OK there.
8:02 -- GIBSONTON UPDATE: Capt Al sees a Hyundai nearly submerged in Bullfrog Creek. Looks like it went off the boat ramp. No impact to US-41. Pic on Twitter @TampaBayTraffic.
7:58 -- LAKELAND: Crash with roadblock on US-98 @ Marcum Rd.
7:49 -- GIBSONTON UPDATE: Crash on US-41 near Symmes is vehicle into a canal.
7:42 -- GIBSONTON: Injury crash reported on US-41 @ Symmes Rd.
7:29 -- GULFPORT: Crash reported on Gulfport Blvd @ 49th St. EMS responding.
7:28 -- I-4 ACCIDENTS: WB near MLK, WB past I-75 and WB ramp to NB I-75. All are older crashes that need to be cleared.
7:25 -- I-275 TAMPA: Generally backed up southbound, Himes exit back to I-4.
7:17 -- TAMPA: Delays reported on Adamo & 50th St.
7:17 -- I-75 TAMPA: Southbound delays, Bruce B Downs to Fletcher.
6:58 -- BRANDON: Crash on WB SR-60/Adamo past I-75 is on the shoulder. No delays.
6:53 -- TAMPA: Found crash near TIA, but looks like it's under some of the ramps to and from the airport.
6:49 -- I-275 TAMPA: Crash reported SB at the exit to SR-60/Memorial. Can't find it on my traffic cameras just yet... but still checking!
6:46 -- I-4 TAMPA: Fire Dept has arrived on scene of crash near MM-7. Fire truck is in the EB lanes. Crash is WB.
6:39 -- I-4 TAMPA: Crash WB near MM 7, approaching FL State Fairgrounds. Already seeing some delays. Looks like car into guardrail.
6:30 -- I-4 TAMPA: Fire Dept now on scene, WB ramp to NB I-75. Maybe a new crash here? Vehicle off the roadway there.
6:27 -- I-4 TAMPA: Earlier crash WB I-4 at exit to NB I-75 still there. No delays right now.
6:15 -- FROSTPROOF: Crash reported on US-98 & McClelland Rd. #Polk County
6:14 -- ST. PETERSBURG UPDATE: Crash is on WB Ulmerton Rd @ Carillon Pkwy. No delays.
6:01 -- RIVERVIEW: Crash reported on the Big Bend Rd ramp to NB I-75. Possible roadblock. FHP en route.
5:53 -- ST. PETERSBURG: Accident reported on Ulmerton Rd @ Carillon Pkwy
5:18 -- I-4 TAMPA: Minor accident on WB I-4 exit ramp to NB I-75. FHP on scene but there are no delays.