Tram crash in downtown St. Petersburg injures woman

ST. PETERSBURG — A woman was seriously injured on Wednesday after a crash involving a Chrysler Pacifica she was driving and a cart, St. Petersburg police reported.

The crash happened at 10:05 a.m. at the intersection of Central Avenue and 16th Street North, police said. The driver of a streetcar heading west on Central had a green light at the intersection. The cart struck the left side of the Chrysler after that driver ran a red light at the intersection while traveling south on North 16th Street, police said in a news release.

Police said Pacifica’s driver, who is a woman in her 60s, was taken to hospital where she was in critical but stable condition. A spokesperson later described his injuries as life-threatening. His name has not been disclosed.

The intersection was closed after the crash while police investigated.

About half a dozen trolley passengers went to the hospital with minor injuries, said Stephanie Rank, spokeswoman for the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority, which operates the trolley. Rank said a number of other passengers refused to seek medical treatment there.

Rank described the accident as a “t-bone” wreck and said the Pacifica was pushed into a number of parked cars after the impact.

Police are at the scene of an accident downtown Wednesday involving a trolley. Police said in a press release that at least one person was injured. [ Mary Claire Molloy ]

David H. Henry