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Ruskin woman dies in two-car accident

By Times staff writer

© St. Petersburg Times, published April 27, 2000

RUSKIN -- An 83-year-old Ruskin woman died Wednesday in an accident that caused her 1997 Chevy Blazer to explode into flames before rescuers could get her out.

Florida Highway Patrol investigators said they did not know if Mabel C. Simmons, of 307 Manatee Drive, was killed by the collision or the ensuing blaze.

Troopers said Simmons was westbound on Saffold Park Drive when she pulled into the U.S. 41 intersection and into the path of a northbound 1989 Pontiac driven by Travis J. Munsch, 17, of 102 9th St. NE in Ruskin.

Simmons was pronounced dead at the scene. Munsch was taken to Tampa General Hospital with minor injuries. He was released later.

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