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Update: traffic signals operational at 34th St/University Ave. intersection after crash Saturday morning

Published: May. 1, 2021 at 6:11 PM EDT
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB) -UPDATE: Traffic signals at the intersection of 34th St and University Ave. are working after they were knocked out of service Saturday morning.

One person is dead after a crash on University Ave in Gainesville Saturday morning.

The incident knocked out power to the traffic signal at the intersection of 34th St and University Ave, and as of Saturday evening, the light is still not operational.

According to Gainesville Police, a vehicle was heading west on University Ave just after 2 am.

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The vehicle hit a median near the 3200 blk, went across the roadway, crashed into a wall and ended up crashing into the traffic signal pole.

The vehicle immediately burst into flames, killing the driver, who was the only one inside. The driver is not able to be identified due to the severity of the fire.

According to the Florida Department of Transportation, power is expected to be restored to the pole on Sunday.

After this crash, four people have died in traffic related incidents on University Ave since Dec 2020.

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However, according to Gainesville Public Information officer Graham Glover, traffic crashes in the city, and specifically University Ave., are not higher this year compared to the number of traffic crashes that GPD has reported on in the past 12 to 24 months.

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