Fatal crash involving palm tree closes Tampa road

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A driver has passed away after a traffic crash involving a palm tree.

Tampa police responded to the crash on Independence Parkway just south of Memorial Highway. A woman was trapped inside an SUV, but crews managed to free her.

She was transported to a nearby hospital where she passed away, police said.

Around 5 a.m., police said Independence Parkway will remain closed between George Road and Memorial Highway for a few hours.