Soldiers search for driver whose crash closed I-275 in Tampa for 5 hours

Police are looking for a driver they say caused a crash Wednesday night that closed southbound Interstate 275 in Tampa for more than five hours and seriously injured another driver.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the accident occurred around 9 p.m. when the driver of a sedan was traveling southbound on I-275 near Waters Boulevard, trying to change lanes and colliding with the passenger side of the tractor trailer. collide. The tractor trailer driver lost control and the truck overturned and burst into flames.

The driver of the car also lost control, and the car hit a guardrail and overturned.

The driver of a southbound van was too late to stop and hit the overturned tractor trailer.

The driver of the tractor trailer, a 51-year-old Summerfield man, was taken to a local hospital with serious injuries.

The driver of the car and a passenger in the car fled the scene of the accident, and their identities are unknown.

No one in the van was injured.

Police closed southbound lanes until about 2:30 a.m. to investigate the accident and clear the interstate.

Police are asking anyone with the details of the driver and passengers of the car to contact Crime Stoppers on a mobile phone at *347 or **847.