Woman in critical condition after Sunshine Skyway Bridge crash

Posted by AMARIS CASTILLO on June 26, 2014 

PINELLAS — A driver was critically injured during a traffic crash at 4 p.m. Thursday that blocked the northbound outside lane of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge, according to Florida Highway Patrol.

A 67-year-old woman from Dunedin reportedly crashed into two unoccupied vehicles parked at the top of the bridge. The woman’s identity has not been released.

The injured woman was driving a 2009 Chevy pickup northbound on Interstate 275 in the outside lane approaching the top of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge. The vehicle apparently drifted out of the travel lane and entered the outside paved shoulder.

The pickup reportedly collided with the left rear of a 2009 Ford -F150 truck and continued northbound before colliding with the left-rear corner of a 2000 Ford F-650. The stricken vehicles were properly parked on the shoulder for construction and maintenance on the bridge, according to the FHP.

The injured woman's truck partially blocked the outside lane of the bridge after the crash, FHP reported. The woman was transported to Bayfront Medical Center with critical injuries.

Sgt. Steve Gaskins, FHP public affairs officer, said charges against the woman are pending.

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