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skyway vehicle incidents

vehicle mishaps occur on and along the skyway corridor, 1954-1999.
updated: 07.12.16

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12.27.96: 54 vehicle pile-up on skyway kills one.
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01.01.97: new policy. full article
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02.08.97: full article
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12.26.97: full articles
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04.13.89: full article
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02.07.87: woman drowns after driving off bridge approach. full article
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07.13.86: full article
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10.03.85: full article
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08.23.85: man killed in fiery auto crash on bridge.
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05.09.80: ship collision collapses the skyway. 35 die. disaster page.
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03.19.80
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12.22.79: full article
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10.06.79: man crashes car on bridge and plunges off. full article
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05.31.78: full article
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12.28.76: full article
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10.15.76: two injured in three car crash. full article
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10.06.67: auto accident kills 3, injures 3 others. full article
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07.19.64: man pinned between two cars.
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Carl Bohman, 53, died • Irene Bohman, 52, rescued
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01.03.17, bradenton.com, Manatee History Matters: Palmetto Fire Rescue Squad was the first of its kind. excerpt from the full article:
···Flipping through old newspapers, the need for a rescue squad that can handle aquatic emergencies becomes evident: It seems like every other week a water-related tragedy was reported. One such incident occurred on Feb. 19, 1963. While driving over the Sunshine Skyway Bridge, Mr. & Mrs. Carl Bohman’s small car was swept off the Skyway approach road by high winds. At 7:30 a.m., a frantic call came into Troop “F” Headquarters of the Highway Patrol in Bradenton, saying that a vehicle was overturned in the waters off the Skyway.
Trooper H.R. Ackett was the first to arrive on the scene (aside from the 50-100 civilians gathered) and heard screams coming from the vehicle. He tied a chain around his waist (provided by an onlooker) and waded into the water up to his shoulders before reaching the car. Inside, Ackett found Irene Bohman at an awkward angle in the backseat, breathing the only pocket of air left in the vehicle, trapped in by the floorboards. By the time Manatee Deputy Sheriff Jack Hobbs arrived on the scene, Mrs. Bohman had been in the chilly water for about an hour.
Both Hobbs and Ackett took turns supporting the exhausted victim so she could reach the air pocket to breathe while they tried to get her out of the car. Luckily, the Palmetto Rescue Squad arrived with their water-rescue gear. Mrs. Bohman was given an underwater breathing apparatus while the squad used their hydraulic equipment (a predecessor to the “jaws of life”) to circumvent the jammed doors and were able to remove her from the vehicle. While Mr. Bohman’s life was tragically lost, his wife was saved due to Palmetto Rescue Squad and the bravery of those first responders.···
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George Underwood, 52 • died of his injuries in september, 1958.
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12.28.54: skyway's first auto accident. full article
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