TAMPA, Florida -- An accident involving an overturned tractor trailer temporarily closed southbound Bruce B. Downs at Donna Michelle Drive in Tampa late Saturday Night.
On May 11, Thomas Jonovitch was driving a semi tractor/trailer and exiting northbound I75 at the Bruce B Downs Blvd. exit ramp. Jonovitch failed to stop at the red light at Bruce B Downs Blvd. as he though he was on a extension of the interstate and not a ramp.
Once Jonovitch realized his error he locked his brakes and slid across the intersection, striking three vehicles that were stopped for a red light.
The semi continued westbound until leaving the road-way where it overturned. Two vehicles were struck and dragged along by the semi and partially trapped beneath the overturned trailer. Tampa fire and rescue extracted the drivers from the trapped vehicles. All the drivers of the three struck vehicles were transported to area hospitals for non-life threatening injuries.
The driver of the semi was cited for failure to stop at the red light. The total estimated damage is $100,000.