Serious car accident shuts down US 19 and MLK Blvd. in Tarpon Springs

5:21 PM, Mar 1, 2014   |    comments
  • Share
  • Print
  • - A A A +



Tarpon Springs, Florida -- The area around U.S. 19 and Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. has reopened to traffic following an accident that killed two people.

The crash occurred around 3 a.m. after an officer on patrol heard a loud "boom" coming from the area of MLK and U.S. 19.

"He told me it sounded like a missile hit U.S. 19," said Tarpon Springs Police Captain Jeffrey Young. 

Young said the officer found downed power lines and attempted to stop traffic on southbound U.S. 19. Unfortunately, he was not able to stop traffic and two vehicles struck the downed power lines.

Both vehicles were damaged, although only one of the drivers was take to the hospital with minor injuries. 

A worker from a nearby McDonald's, Jaime Alvarado, approached the officer and told him that just after he heard the "boom" he saw a white vehicle headed northbound, while a red vehicle went airborne into a retention pond on the east side of U.S. 19. Both vehicles had reportedly been traveling in the northbound lanes of U.S. 19.  Later, it was determined the "red" vehicle was silver. 

Duke Energy was called out due to the three power poles and multiple live wires down in the area.

Once Duke Energy was able to get the power off to the area, a man was found next to one of the downed poles with wires over him. He was pronounced dead at the scene. It is unknown at this time if he was a pedestrian or an occupant of the vehicle in the pond.

"We do not know for sure if the man we found dead at the pond covered in those live wires was the driver. That will be up to investigators, but he was laying in a place that would appear he was the driver of the vehicle," said Captain Young. 

The Tarpon Springs Police Department Dive Team went in the murky water and found one body inside the vehicle. The driver's seat was empty. Divers searched the bottom of the pond and have not located any other victims. 

Police have not identified the names of the two deceased men.  

You may also like...

Underwater Secret: Hidden caves beneath Weeki Wachee

Rollercoaster Rescue: 16 stranded after ride malfunction

Car Crash tragedy: USF students killed in interstate wrong-way crash

Hungry Sinkhole: Hole opens beneath Corvette museum, swallows 8 cars

Be my McValentine: Romantic reservations at McDonald's

Card Game Murder: Man sentenced for Magic: The Gathering killing

Treason? Secret Service visits candidate who says Obama should hang

Sasquatch on Tour: "Dead Bigfoot" on display in Texas

Here kitty, kitty: Lion escapes enclosure at Pasco sanctuary

#ShortYellows: Florida quietly shortened yellow lights

Kittens shot: Officer shoots kittens in front of children

Popular photo galleries:

Faces of Meth: Devastating before and after photos of meth abusers

Trayvon Martin Shooting: Trayvon Martin crime scene photos and George Zimmerman injury photos 

Hooters Winners: Winners of the 2013 Hooters swimsuit pageant

Rejected: Funny Florida license plates rejected by the DMV ***warning graphic***

Deadly sinkhole: Home collapses, man dies in giant sinkhole

Popular Databases:

Florida Sex Offenders: Look up sex offenders in any Florida neighborhood here

Restaurant Inspections: Look up inspection reports for any Florida restaurant here

Most Watched Videos