The collapsed section of the expressway sunk into the
ground as a portion of it crushes a crane.
photo: ABC Action News
On Tuesday, April 13, 2004, at 7:10 a.m., motorists on Tampa's busy Crosstown Expressway had a scary sight. A portion of the elevated roadway that was under construction collapsed and sank 15 feet into the ground. Two construction workers who were on top of the job site suffered minor injuries and were taken to a local hospital for treatment.
Commuters that use the busy toll road were diverted off of the expressway by the Florida Highway Patrol and Tampa Police Department. Troop C's Public Affairs Officer handled the dozens of media inquiries and live taping of traffic alerts, which provided morning rush hour commuters with updates on the situation as well as alternate routes to use. The FHP's role in this untimely, traffic snarling incident, demonstrates our commitment to making Florida's highways safer for all.