TAMPA — Several agencies from the Tampa Bay area rushed to assist in a major crash involving a stolen fire rescue vehicle that closed Interstate 275 southbound around 5:28 p.m. Wednesday.
According to Bay News 9, a chase for a stolen car led to the accident involving multiple vehicles on the Tampa road.
“We did one extraction of one of the people on scene,” said Jason Penny, public information officer for Tampa Fire Rescue.
Penny, on the scene of the crash when reached by phone early Wednesday evening, said his department worked with Tampa police, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office and Hillsborough County Fire Rescue.
Bay News 9 reported traffic was slowed near Ashley Drive as only one lane was open and cars were diverted off I-275 at MLK until the roadway was cleared around 8 p.m.
Bay News 9 reported a suspect crashed a stolen vehicle at Nebraska Avenue and 139th Street, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies said the suspect left the wrecked vehicle and jumped into a fire pickup truck and fled although it was not clear how he gained control of the rescue vehicle.
Tampa Fire Rescue personnel pursued the stolen vehicle onto southbound I-275 and ended the pursuit in the area of Sligh Avenue where it was picked up by the Tampa Police Department. A short time later, the multivehicle crash occurred in the area of I-275 near Ashley Drive.
The unnamed suspect was taken into custody.