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Three sent to hospital after crash

Troopers, who are investigating the accident, did not release the names of the injured Friday night.

By TAMARA LUSH

© St. Petersburg Times, published April 14, 2001


HUDSON -- Two children and one woman were flown to a St. Petersburg hospital after a two-car crash at the corner of State Road 52 and Parkwood Street on Friday afternoon.

"I don't believe that Friday the 13th is an unlucky day," said Elaine Harrison of Hudson, who was the only witness to the crash. "These people are lucky to be alive."

Harrison and her two daughters were stopped at the corner of Parkwood and SR 52, behind a Plymouth Voyager minivan.

As the minivan inched out onto SR 52 -- it's unclear which direction the minivan was going -- a Ford Bronco headed east on SR 52 turned left, into the minivan.

The Bronco rolled over and came to rest in the westbound lane of SR 52.

An 11-year-old girl riding in the minivan was ejected, said Harrison, who is an emergency medical technician for American Ambulance Service in Tampa.

Harrison dialed 911, and rushed to help the young girl on the ground. The girl's eyes rolled back in her head, and then she sat up, Harrison said. Inside the minivan sat the girl's injured 10-year-old brother.

The children's mother, who was driving the minivan, was not seriously hurt.

Harrison ran over to the Bronco to ask that driver if she was all right.

"No, I'm not," came the reply.

Pasco Fire Rescue paramedics were on the scene within two minutes, Harrison said.

"You couldn't have had a better bunch of guys on the scene," she said.

The two children and the 38-year-old woman driving the Bronco were flown to Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg. The 38-year-old and the 11-year-old were treated for possible internal injuries; the 10-year-old received multiple fractures to his right side, Pasco Fire Rescue officials said. No further information on the conditions of the victims was available Friday night.

The Florida Highway Patrol is investigating the crash, and did not release the names of the injured Friday night.

- Tamara Lush is the police reporter in Pasco County. She can be reached in west Pasco at 869-6245 or (800) 333-7505, ext. 6245. Her e-mail address is lush@sptimes.com.

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