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Deadly crash closes I-275 northbound at 60 in Tampa

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Posted at 5:22 AM, Feb 16, 2022
and last updated 2022-02-16 16:32:40-05

TAMPA, Fla. — Almost all of the northbound lanes of I-275 are closed in Tampa as the Florida Highway Patrol investigates a deadly crash.

A fatal crash closed all northbound lanes early Wednesday morning, traffic was being forced off the interstate at 60. Shortly before 9:30 a.m. one lane reopened. At this time the other lanes remain closed.

According to a press release from FHP, a 31-year-old woman from Tampa was driving an SUV when the vehicle became disabled and stopped in the inside lane. A van and a sedan traveling behind the SUV both crashed into the SUV in successive order.

After the impact, FHP said all of the vehicles rotated to a final rest blocking the northbound lanes. The SUV caught fire and "burned severely," FHP said. The 31-year-old woman, who has not been identified, died at the scene.

The drivers in the van and sedan were not injured.

FHP said the investigation is ongoing.