Three drivers escaped serious injury this morning in a crash involving a tractor-trailer garbage truck that closed several lanes on Interstate-275 in St. Petersburg for two hours.
According to the Floria Patrol, 24-year-old Hilary Elaine Buckler of St. Petersburg was driving a 2004 four-door Saturn northbound in the right-center lane, approaching 22nd Avenue North, when she veered to the right to avoid crashing into a vehicle in front of her.
Buckler drove into the path of the garbage truck, driven by 27-year-old Torey Alan Lancioni of St. Petersburg, causing him to strike the side of Buckler’s car, the FHP said.
The impact caused both to cross the inside lanes, and Buckler struck the rear of a 1998 Ford pickup truck driven by 47-year-old Sebastian Calvin Everhart of St. Petersburg, the FHP said.
Everhart overturned in the grass median, the FHP said, and Buckler and Lancioni came to rest in the median.
Buckler and Everhart sustained minor injuries, and Lancioni was not injured, the FHP said.
Alcohol was not a factor in the crash, the FHP said.