I-275 accidents leave two dead in Tampa

Published September 3, 2006

TAMPA - Two people were killed in separate traffic accidents on Interstate 275.

Barbara A. Newsome, 46, of 2508 N 14th St., died after crashing into a road construction vehicle on the shoulder of I-275 about 10:30 p.m. Friday.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Newsome was driving south on I-275 when her Nissan Maxima ran off the road and struck the front of an asphalt stripper conveyer. Tampa Fire Rescue called on a wrecker to lift the construction vehicle so Newsome could be pulled from the wreckage. She died at the scene, authorities said.

Horace McClinton II, 17, of Panama City died after his Ford 150 swerved onto the paved shoulder and hit a guardrail near the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard overpass about 5 a.m. Saturday.

McClinton, who was not wearing a seat belt, was thrown through the driver's side window, into a beam and back into the road, according to the Highway Patrol.

The Ford went south across the interstate's southbound lanes and smashed into and rolled along the overpass bridge's barrier walls before stopping, authorities said.