Traffic headlines for Monday, Oct. 1: Deadly weekend on Tampa Bay roads

AM traffic updates and weekend recap


PINELLAS PARK: 66th St. N. remains closed at 90th Ave. for RR track replacement. Detours include Belcher Rd., 49th St. N. or US-19.

It has been a deadly couple of days on Tampa Bay area roads. 30-year-old Rohnie Eugene Johnson, Jr., 30, of Lakeland was struck and killed on SR-60 near SR-39 in Plant City early Monday morning. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Johnson was standing in the middle of the roadway and was struck by a car driven by Samuel Ira Grossman, 46, of Mulberry. 

A 67-year-old Land O' Lakes woman died in a chain-reaction accident on US-41 Saturday night. According to the FHP report, Patrician Ann Flanagan was driving northbound on 41 near Bell Lake Rd. and failed to observe traffic slowing ahead of her. She hit the rear of vehicle in frnot of her, which then hit another car. Flanagan died at the scene. The driver of the car Flanagan hit, William Robert Hock, 41, of Land O' Lakes was seriously injured. The third driver, Jennifer Lynn Hock, 39, of Land O' Lakes is OK.

A crash on Dale Mabry Highway Saturday afternoon killed James S. Brake, 65, of Lutz. FHP says Brake was driving north on Dale Mabry and, for unknown reasons, crossed a grassy median and collided head-on with a pickup truck traveling southbound. The pickup driver, Sean W. Compton, 26, of Clearwater, received minor injuries.

A motorcyclist died in an accident on Gall Blvd. south of Pretty Pond Rd. in Zephyrhills Friday, after a pickup truck turned in front of him. Donald Hudson Jr., 48, of Webster, FL, died at the scene of the accident. Charges are pending against the pickup driver, 65-year-old Ruth Peffley of Zephyrhills.


8:43 -- CLEARWATER: Slow traffic on southbound US-19, from NE Coachman Rd to Gulf to Bay. Stalled car may be to blame for added delays. 

8:42 -- PALM HARBOR: Accident on Nebraska Ave @ US-19. 

8:38 -- I-4 POLK COUNTY: Crash w/roadblock reported on westbound I-4 near Exit 55/US-27. No delays there right now. 

8:29 -- I-75 TAMPA: Southbound traffic is slow from north of Bruce B Downs to north of Fletcher, but 75 is accident free. (Knock on wood)

8:26 -- PINELLAS CO - SOUTH PASADENA: Accident at Pasadena Ave & Gulfport Blvd. 

8:16 -- ST. PETERSBURG - TREASURE ISLAND: Accident on Central Ave @ 79th St S. 

8:11 -- SEMINOLE: Accident reported at Starkey Rd & Bryan Dairy. Slow traffic on northbound Starkey. 

8:09 -- I-275 TAMPA: Accident reported southbound between Fletcher & Fowler. Traffic is generally slow out of N Tampa. 

8:06 -- NEW PORT RICHEY: School bus involved in accident with mini van on Massachusetts Ave & Van Buren. Sounds like no one on school bus was injured. Van driver may have been hurt. In clearing stages now.

8:06 -- E TAMPA - BRANDON UPDATE: Capt Al didn't see any sign of crash on SR-60/Adamo west of I-75. Could be in a parking lot now. 

7:59 -- E TAMPA - BRANDON: Crash with roadblock reported on SR-60/Adamo just west of I-75.

7:51 -- HOWARD FRANKLAND BRIDGE traffic on NB I-275 to Tampa is typically slow from north of the hump to Westshore.

7:48 -- N TAMPA: Traffic control detail on Bearss between Nebraska & Livingston at 18th. Could be traffic signal that's not working. 

7:46 -- E TAMPA: injury crash causing delays on westbound Hillsborough Ave approaching Orient Rd.

7:42 -- I-4 TAMPA: Westbound traffic jammed, 50th St to I-275. New crash reported @ 275, but I don't see it on my cams yet. Crash WB @ MLK.

7:24 -- TAMPA: Accident on SB Memorial Hwy past TIA approaching I-275 overpass. On right shoulder. Usual traffic delays there. 

7:21 -- GIBSONTON: Accident on US-41 & Ohio St. No roadblock reported. 

7:17 -- LAKELAND: Accident at Saddle Creek Rd & Fish Hatchery Rd 

7:16 -- I-4 TAMPA: Have a crash reported westbound between Hillsborough Ave & MLK. Don't see it on my traffic cams yet, but I'm still looking. 

7:10 -- PALM HARBOR: Crash on Lake St George & Tampa Rd.

7:10 -- HILLSBOROUGH CO - DOVER: Injury crash on US-92 & Gallagher Rd 

6:58 -- GIBSONTON UPDATE: Capt Al found crash on WB Gibsonton ramp to northbound I-75. No shoulder, no big deal. 

6:50 -- I-75 HILLSBOROUGH CO: Crash reported southbound 75 near Exit 250/Gibsonton Dr. Captain Al heading there to take a look in Action Air 1.

6:44 -- TAMPA - TOWN N COUNTRY: Crash reported on the ramp to Veterans Exwy from Memorial Hwy. 

6:40 -- PLANT CITY: HCSO has referred a traffic incident on Baker St & Walker Dr to Plant City PD. 

6:37 -- PLANT CITY UPDATE: Lanes reopening on SR-60 east of SR-39. Overnight fatal crash involving pedestrian had road closed since 2:30AM. No information on the pedestrian or vehicle involved in that accident is available at this time.

6:24 -- SARASOTA: Minor traffic accident at McIntosh Rd & Bee Ridge Rd. 

6:14 -- BRANDON: "Obstruction"

at Front St & Mt. Carmel. There's a RR crossing there, so perhaps an issue with that. I'll keep you posted.

6:05 -- I-75 PASCO CO: Minor accident on the SR-56 exit ramp from northbound I-75.

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