Workers prepare a Brink Armored vehicle for towing Friday morning after a gust of wind caused the driver to lose control and crash into the concrete barrier walls.
ST. PETERSBURG - A gust of wind caused the driver of a Brinks Armored vehicle to lose control and collide with the concrete barrier walls while crossing over the Dick Misner Bridge about 9:20 a.m. Friday, March 7. Southbound I-275 was closed until about 11 a.m.
According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Geoffrey Ross Andrews, 25, of Tampa was traveling southbound on I-275 in the inside lane, crossing the Dick Misner Bridge, which is the first span of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge, when a gust of wind blew against the high profile vehicle. Andrews lost control and the vehicle traveled to the inside shoulder and then collided with the concrete barrier wall.
After the initial impact, the armored vehicle traveled across both southbound lanes and collided with the outside barrier wall and a light pole. The light pole detached and fell in the Bay. After the second impact, the vehicle traveled back across both southbound lanes and collided with the inside barrier wall. The third impact caused the vehicle to overturn on its right side where it came to rest in the southbound travel lanes.
Andrews and a passenger, Luis Daniel Vargas, 33, of Tampa suffered minor injuries.