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1 dead, 2 hurt in four-vehicle crash

The victims are in a pickup hit by a station wagon that spun out of a chain-reaction collision in the opposite lanes of U.S. 301.

By LINDA GIBSON

© St. Petersburg Times, published March 3, 2001


TAMPA -- A four-vehicle crash Friday on U.S. 301 in Thonotosassa left one person dead and sent two to a hospital.

Sheriff's deputies closed a section of U.S. 301 just south of McIntosh Road for several hours after the crash at 4:40 p.m.

Officials did not release the victims' names.

All three were in a Ford pickup truck belonging to Diversified Drilling Corp. of Tampa and were on their way back to the shop from a work site.

Sheriff's Lt. Harold Winsett said the accident occurred when a 36-foot motor home traveling north on U.S. 301 slowed to turn off the highway. A white Subaru station wagon was behind the motor home, and a white Chevrolet pickup truck pulling a trailer of mulch was behind the Subaru.

The Chevrolet pickup ran into the Subaru from behind, Winsett said, and the impact sent the Subaru careening into the southbound lane of U.S. 301, where it struck the southbound Ford pickup owned by Diversified Drilling.

The Ford pickup landed upside down in the median.

After hitting the Subaru, the Chevrolet pickup veered off to the right and hit an abandoned pickup truck. The drivers of the Subaru, the Chevrolet pickup and the motor home were not injured.

No charges were filed Friday, but the investigation is continuing.

The two people taken to Tampa General Hospital were in stable condition Friday night.

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