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Fire captain thrown from car during crash

By Times staff
Published February 3, 2007


SPRING HILL - A Hernando County Fire Rescue captain was hurt in an off-duty car crash on Friday.

Capt. Matthew Gatewood was westbound on Cortez Boulevard, the Sheriff's Office said, when 86-year-old Betty Gates pulled in front of him while trying to turn onto Weeping Willow Street.

Gates' car clipped Gatewood's Jeep Grand Cherokee, which rolled five times. Gatewood was ejected through the sun roof. Rescue workers called for an airlift, but the weather was too stormy for flying.

Gatewood was taken to Brooksville Regional Hospital with injuries that were not thought to be life-threatening. Gates was cited for careless driving, according to the Sheriff's Office.

[Last modified February 3, 2007, 07:34:13]

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