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Crash disrupts I-275 traffic 2 hours

By Times Staff Writer
Published May 4, 2005

TAMPA - A dump truck overturned on Interstate 275 Tuesday morning, shutting down northbound lanes for two hours, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

FHP spokesman Trooper Larry Coggins said the accident happened about 10:15 a.m., just north of Hillsborough Avenue. No one was seriously injured.

A 1991 Ford F-150 pulling a small trailer was traveling in the outside lane when the driver, William T. Redman, 18, of 15606 Cashmere Lane, Tampa, began to move into the center lane in front of the dump truck, Coggins said.

The driver of the 1989 Ford dump truck, Amhed T. Valdes, 34, of 3227 W St. Joseph St., Tampa, tried to avoid hitting Redman, Coggins said. Valdes began steering to the left and the dump truck began to rotate counterclockwise. It overturned onto its right side, then collided with the guardrail. A load of construction debris spilled across the interstate.

When Redman noticed he had pulled into the path of the dump truck, he tried to steer back into the right lane, Coggins said. The trailer on Redman's pickup truck crashed into a utility pole.

"This was not aggressive driving," Coggins said. "This was simply a guy turning on his blinker and turning into the other lane and didn't judge the distance of the other vehicle. This was just a mistake."

Redman walked away from the crash with no injuries. Troopers estimated damage to his trailer at $500. The dump truck was totaled, with damage estimated at $15,000, trooper said. Valdes received minor injuries and was taken to St. Joseph's Hospital.

Troopers charged Redman with improper change of lane.

[Last modified May 4, 2005, 00:56:08]

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