Four IN hospital after vehicle, TRAIN COLLIDE
A train and a sport utility vehicle carrying four collided at Tampa Road and State Road 580 on Sunday night. The passengers of the SUV were taken to local hospitals in serious condition just after 7 p.m., according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office. One was airlifted to Bayfront Medical Center. There were no cars attached to the locomotive, and the engineer was not hurt, deputies said. How the locomotive and the SUV, a 2009 Audi Q5, came into contact was being investigated. Deputies identified the four occupants, all from Tampa, Sunday night: Daniel Diaz, 70, was behind the wheel. The passengers were Caridad Diaz, 70, Berta Diaz, 71, and Modestina Leguen, 89. Witnesses told Bay News 9 that the crossing lights were working at the intersection and the stop arms were down. Sheriff Sgt. Glenn Luben said the SUV may have been on the wrong side of the road.
No serious injuries in house fire
A house fire Sunday left two residents suffering from smoke inhalation but no serious injuries, authorities said. The fire at 825 Appaloosa Road was reported at 12:45 p.m., and firefighters needed an hour to douse it, District Chief Mark Teolis said. Two people who escaped the fire were treated for smoke inhalation, Teolis said. Firefighters had not determined where or how the fire started, he said.
Woman charged in neglect of son, 7
Police charged a woman with child neglect Saturday after they found her 7-year-old son living among beer cans, cigarette cartons and bugs, according to an arrest report. Tampa police and child protection investigators went to the home of Arabela Baluta, 28, Saturday afternoon and found bugs crawling out of the refrigerator and oven, the report said. The food in the refrigerator was spoiled and there was no place for the boy to sleep. Baluta, of 2901 N Boulevard, was taken to the Orient Road Jail, where she remained Sunday afternoon on $7,500 bail.
Human head found on canal bank
Sheriff's officials say a human head was found on the bank of a canal in South Florida. The Broward County Sheriff's Office said in a news release that investigators are at the scene in Dania Beach gathering evidence. The head was found around 11 a.m. Sunday.
Another hundred red lionfish caught
There are 659 fewer Indo-Pacific red lionfish occupying the waters of the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. The final in a series of lionfish derbies was held Saturday off the Lower Keys. Divers captured 109 of the invasive species, adding to the haul of previous contests in Key Largo and Marathon. Lionfish off the southeast United States, Bahamas and the Caribbean harm indigenous fish because they eat important juvenile reef species, such as grouper and snapper. Lad Akins of the Reef Environmental Education Foundation says lionfish have no known predators, except man.