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a major overnight crash on i-27 5 . good morning and welcome to news channel 8 today. i'm gayle guyardo. >> and i'm gene ramirez. the crash left one person dead. >> it happened on i-275 at mile marker 56 in tampa. a tractor-trailer smashes through a guardrail and into a van. you can see the horrible damage right there. news channel 8's ryan hughs is live from the scene. ryan, what are you learning? >> reporter: well, gayle, good morning to you once again. within the last few minute, we actually saw some vehicles finally traveling down 275 southbound.
that the southbound lanes of the interstate have reopened. that's where most of the accident took place. the semi-truck involved flipped into this lane. we have some video to show you. at this point, according to the florida highway patrol, the wreck happened around 11:45 last night. we're told a passenger van was stalled in the center lane of southbound i-275 with its lights off for some reason. and that's when the semi-truck came down the road and slammed into the back of the van. now the van burst into flames and we're told by an fhp spokesman that the driver of the van died onscene. as a result of the crash, the semi went if the southbound lanes to the northbound lanes. it had extensive front-end damage but we're told the driver of the semi was okay, not even taken to the hospital. again, just a few minutes ago, we saw a line of traffic move
we're told by a trooper onscene that the northbound lanes could open in a while but at this point, she does not have specific information as to when. leslee, back to you from here for now. >> thank you, ryan. a lot of good updates there. so again, southbound lanes reopened but northbound remains closed. it's north of bearss before you get to the northern apex. so on 275 wanting to get up to pasco county, exit at bearss avenue and take bruce b downs and then up to 75. 75 looks great. this is at least a 25 minute extra commute on your drive time because there are a lot of red lights to go through. traffic is light and then again, all those red lights are going to slow you down. so we will keep you posted throughout the morning. and i will let you know as soon as the northbound lanes reopen but they don't expect it for a while. >> at least some of the southbound lanes are coming open. >> yeah. this morning when you step
commute, it's going to feel much warmer, 52 in tampa. 55 in sarasota. here's some perspectiving for, crystal river, you are 20 degrees warmer than you were at 5:00 yesterday morning. most of us are about 15 to 20 degrees warmer. and we will hit 73 today. so even with extra cloud, a warmer day and down to 63 tonight. coming up on weather and traffic on the 8s at 5:08, i will talk about the hour-by- hour forecast for today and then when the rain comes. >> all right. thank you. in other breaking news, an early morning fire at an assisted living facility in tampa is forcing firefighters to evacuate the building. crews arrived at the scene early this morning to the estate at hyde park. police tell us that a drier caught fire. fortunately all patients in the facility did get out safely. right now, police are largo. two pedestrians were hit. now at this time, there's no word on their condition.
and happening today, it was the first criminal conviction of its kind. and now cup who will lied about sinkhole issues will be sentenced. this afternoon, glenn and kathryn jason. they were convicted of mortgage fraud after failing to disclose sinkhole problems when they sold their house. not only did they know, they pocketed insurance money for the claims for the sinkholes. an armed robber is on the run this morning and detectives think he could be connected to as many as six hold-ups. this is the crook in action on 46th avenue north and pinellas park. with the hoodie over his head and ban dan la nia over his face, he -- and bandanna over his face, he demands cash. and at one point, he tries to break into a coin game using a gun. he's hit this store three times as well as three other stores. florida state is paying hundreds of thousands of dollars to the woman who claims
she sued fsu claiming the school did not investigate her claim and even tried to cover it up. fsu will give her $250,000 her attorneys will receive $700,000. more than $3,000 of merchandise swiped from this victoria's secret in lake whales. and this morning, employees there are on edge. these four women robbed the victoria's secret inside eagle ridge mall over the weekend. you can see them trying to juggle the lingerie in the video. >> that can happen anywhere. it can happen -- you could just be distracted for 30 seconds and someone could swipe something. >> all four women are charged with retail theft. mall security has a standout side the store now. well today the democratic presidential candidates will continue to crisscross the state of iowa. with the caucuses just one week away, the democratic
lot to say at a town hall monday night in des moines. the race is a dead heat between bernie sanders and hillary rodham clinton with martin o'malley a distant third. sanders out thed his judgment referencing to his opposition to the iraq war. and clinton stressed her experience. news channel 8 will be covering the caucuses live from iowa starting later this week. we will be there to show you firsthand how the tight races are playing out in both the democratic and republican fields and explain what this means for florida and the races going forward. the time right now is 5:06. happening today, residents in hillsborough county are invited to try out new voting the equipment. the supervisor of elections is holding open houses to reveal the new equipment that will be used in the 2016 elections. this starts at 4:00 on gunn highway in tampa and at the
service center on falkenburg road. the spotlight is on disney as the company deals with a class action lawsuit filed in federal court here in tampa. >> two former employees accuse disney of illegally hiring foreign workers to replace u.s. employees. news channel 8's lindsey mastis has the morning alert. a lot of people are voicing their opinion on social media. >> reporter: this is a story getting a lot of attention on facebook this morning and some people are calling for boycotts of disney products. disney along with two global consulting firms are being sued. in the suit, two employees insist they were train their foreign replacements and if they didn't, they would be denied bonuses and severance pay. more than 250 people got paid off but the newspaper says disney claims they hired more than 100 people back in other roles and the company insist they offered the two men suing different positions with similar pay.
employees is adamant that disney and the firms illegally used visas to replace american workers with cheaper foreign labor. we will follow the story. >> thank you. you can follow the morning alerts each and every day on facebook and twitter. just search the #58 # -- the hash hag hag 8 alert. you will -- the #8alert. already in the mid- to upper 50s when you step out the door this morning. we get into the 60s very quickly. 67 by your lunch break. and 73 at 3:00 p.m. that's short sleeve weather. however, the clouds will be increasing and that's going to keep us warmer through the evening. so if you're like me and going for the gasparilla distance classic training run today, go for a morning run. as the day goes on, the clouds will increase and it will be warmer and that's going to be
and that's topping our headlines for today. tomorrow, we're going to start tracking rain and strong thunderstorms. that will continue through thursday. but for the gasparilla parade, looking nice. at 5:08, let's check on traffic on the 8s. yeah, another update. it's closed again. this is what's going on. let's move over to the maps now. both directions closed 275 north of bearss due to a fatal accident folks. now originally just a few moments ago, i told you southbound reopened. what fhp did was they allowed some traffic that was stuck there to get through. and then they reclosed it. so it was temporarily open but now both directions again closed north of bearss. this is how you get around. take bearss to bruce b downs and 75, but at least 25 minutes by the time you go through all the lights on lights on this route.
on the truck. that's the -- on the tow truck. that was the van mangled in the crash. a lot of clean-up, again both directions of 275 north of bearss completely shut down. that's weather and traffic on the 8s. back to gene and gayle. >> thank you. the florida department of transportation wants your input on the proposed widening of u.s. 41 in hillsborough county. the public hear willing be held tonight at 5:30 at the gardenville recreation center. the improvements include widen u.s. 41 to a six-lane divided highway for a distance of approximately seven miles. >> all right. let your voice be heard. coming up, all the travel updates you need to know about after the big east coast storm. >> yeah, just how much snow one airport had to dig out of. and then, up next why one trainer claims we're doing it
nightmare on the east coast is far from over. more than 1600 flights around the u.s. were canceled. that doesn't count the additional backlog of departures and arrivals. just to give you an idea of what airports are dealing with, reagan national airport had enough snow to fill a football field. >> so these guys are pushing and hauling snow from sun up to sun down. >> at jfk in new york, delta airlines managers say it's their biggest recovery effort since hurricane sandy in 2012. so dig out your patience. airports are reporting it's going to take dice coordinate getting people to their -- take days to coordinate getting people to their final destinations. several whales found dead on the beach in the neglecter lands and now sign -- in the netherlands. scientists believe they were looking for food in shallow water and then became disoriented.
in rhode island and this morning the driver is seriously hurt. police say four people were on the bus at the time when it crashed through the shop. two of the passengers were also hurt. the two workers inside survived. tame right now is seconds away from 5:15. and this morning -- time right now is seconds away from 5:00 -- time right now is seconds away from 5:15. if you're getting ready to run the gasparilla distance classic, you're most likely dealing with sore muscles. >> did you know you can improve your running, much like your golf swing, and you do that to prevent injury and soreness. josh benson discovered a program. >> reporter: are your legs sore from running? would you believe you could be doing it all wrong? >> one of the number one factors in causing an injury in running is running with the wrong form. >> reporter: maybe you think you're a decent runner.
great injury-free form. >> doing all right? >> oh, yeah. >> okay. >> definitely out of shape though. >> reporter: running is not taught. humans run to escape threats. so the doctor in clearwater created ideal run, a simple program that uses science and video to show you what's wrong with your gait or manner of running. 15 seconds of video, a few squats and step downs and he says he can transform your hobbling form into injury-free strides in no the time. i was the guinea pig. >> hop up. >> we look at what we call the foot-ground angle. we want it to be less than 10 degrees. >> reporter: 27? oh, boy. well i learned i i jump when i run, my strides are -- learned i jump when i run, my strides are too long and my right foot sticks out like a duck. but the doctor says you will notice major improvements. >> just getting people closer to an efficient human movement in this pattern we call running.
you jumping for joy. just don't do it when you're running. josh benson, news channel 8. >> well, if you don't fix your form, just hobble to the finish line, josh, nobody's looking at you. the doctor's office is in clearwater but he says anyone can have their running style reviewed. all you need to do is capture about 15 seconds of video and up load it to his website. >> and now i can blame my running style on my form. today the crew will break through tampa's defenses and storm into city hall and demand the mayor surrender the city. the crew of gasparilla has been putting on the parade of pirates since 1904. this year they're rolling out one of their largesand perhaps most complex floats. >> it's going have water that comes over the teeth and recycles back into the water falls in the interior chamber. and it will be blue water.
we've got induction fans that will blow smoke into the crowd. >> the mayor will meet with the captain at noon today to negotiate a peaceful surrender. hopefully that happens. >> we will see. >> and we hope you have your pirate costume out. the adult parade kicks off in a few days and news channel 8 will carry the parade live. it's our own tradition here. our coverage starts at 2:30. and we will stream it live on wfla.com. so you have no excuse to not partake in the pirate activities out there. by the way, our web team has been busy compiling everything you will want to know as the pirates invade tampa. look for the special gasparilla section on wfla.com. such a great time of year here in the bay area, leigh. and it's also great weather it's cool but comfortable most of the time. and that's the forecast i saturday. it's also pretty much the
it's the time in between which more dicey. for today, already 10 to 20 yesterday. 59 degrees at 8:00 a.m. and more clouds rolling in, 67 at noon. and 73 at 3:00 p.m. and 44 zephyrhills, it's cool but warmer than yesterday. what's happening, winds from the southeast that's going to push the temperatures into the 70s. more and more clouds and then overnight tonight, we could see a stray shower. this is about 9:00, 10:00. drastically changing tomorrow. this time tomorrow we could already be seeing pockets of heavy rain and the slow-moving front is going to keep heavy rain and possibly strong storms in the forecast for wednesday. most of thursday, but hey, we dry out for the pirates to come into down. leslee, let's check on traffic on the 8s. yeah, big problems today. we're going to start off on the maps here.
from you passing underneath the veterans expressway. you have to come down to gunn highway. but the biggest issue remains on 275 in tampa. for those coming in and out of pasco county or trying to head up there, you need to step away from the microwave, bring your coffee to the suv set. check out 2 -- to the tv set. check out 275, completely closed both directions north of bearss. you can exit bearss and take bruce b downs and take 75. an extra 25 minutes through the relights. and southbound, you can't get on 75, do the opposite. keep that in mind. and a live look. it's all due to a fatal crash where a semi-truck ran into a van. now they are in the process of clearing it up. i see a tow truck onscene. one tow truck has already left. but still a lot of clean-up out there and an investigation going on so both directions remain closed. that's weather and traffic on the 8s. back to gene and gayle. >> thank you. just ahead, a house fire in
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firefighters rescued three dogs house fire. there they are. together. the fire started in a garage and forced eight people out of their homes. one person suffered smoke be okay. the cause of the fire is still >> adorable pups. weather and traffic on the 8s is three minutes away. plus, we are on top of morning. a deadly crash shuts down i-275 in tampa. we have a traffic updating for this morning on some lanes that were reopened. everything you need to know
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