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Driver escapes after truck flips over guardrail on Howard Frankland Bridge (FL)


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A truck flipped over the Howard Frankland bridge’s guardrail Saturday and into Tampa Bay, forcing the driver to flee the partially submerged vehicle.

Gordon Bechtold, 26, of Largo was driving southbound on the St. Petersburg side of the Howard Frankland bridge on I-275 late Saturday morning when he attempted to maneuver from the inside lane to the center lane and lost control of his 2007 Toyota Tacoma. The truck slid onto the right shoulder, flipped and plunged over a guardrail, according to Florida Highway Patrol public information officer Steve Gaskins.

Bechtold was able to escape the scene with minor injuries, Gaskins said.

The officer said alcohol was not a factor in the crash.



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