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I-4 crash near Plant City kills two, clogs traffic

By BRADY DENNIS
Published February 14, 2006


An early-morning crash Monday along Interstate 4 killed a 20-year-old man and his 18-year-old passenger and caused hours of gridlock for westbound commuters.

Florida Highway Patrol troopers said the accident happened about 5:15 a.m. near Plant City. According to reports, a 2001 Hyundai Tiburon and a 1993 Mercury Grand Marquis were headed east on I-4.

For unknown reasons, the front of the Hyundai collided with the rear of the Marquis, sending the Hyundai careening through the grass median and into the path of a westbound semi-trailer.

Troopers said the Hyundai's driver, Anthony Boswell of Plant City, died at the scene. His passenger, Alexis Morris of Lakeland, was taken by medical helicopter to Tampa General Hospital, where she died later in the day, a hospital spokesman said.

The semi-trailer jackknifed during the accident and overturned, closing the westbound lanes of I-4 for about five hours. FHP Trooper Larry Coggins said traffic was routed along a parallel road until two lanes reopened late in the morning.

The truck's driver, Richard Briseno, 54, of Plant City was taken to South Florida Baptist Hospital with minor injuries and was later released. The driver of the Marquis, Luis Cordoves, 56, of Orlando was not injured.

[Last modified February 14, 2006, 02:45:31]


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