Incidents on I-275 near Sunshine Skyway, I-75 near Parrish caused traffic headaches

Live traffic maps across Manatee County were in the red for a couple hours beginning Friday morning as accidents on I-275 near the Sunshine Skyway Bridge and I-75 in Parrish created a virtual logjam.

The crash on I-275 near Exit 2 in the southbound lanes was first reported by traffic officials around 10:30 a.m. and had all southbound lanes blocked for two hours.

About an hour before that crash, a multi-vehicle crash occurred in the southbound lanes of I-75 where the freeway meets I-275 in Parrish. That closed down one left lane for three hours.

Both crashes were cleared around 12:30 p.m., but traffic delays lingered from the incidents.

There were no immediate details available related to the crashes as FHP investigates.

Added to the fray was a brush fire along I-75 in Manatee County early Friday that caused a travel advisory to be issued, advising motorists to use caution through the area.

Breaking News/Real Time Reporter Mark Young began his career in 1996 and has been with the Bradenton Herald since 2014. He has won more than a dozen awards over the years, including the coveted Lucy Morgan Award for In-Depth Reporting from the Florida Press Club and for beat reporting from the Society for Professional Journalists to name a few. His reporting experience is as diverse as the communities he covers.
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