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1 person killed, 9 injured in crashes in Pasco County

SAN ANTONIO — Two collisions in Pasco County have killed one person and left at least nine others seriously or critically injured, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

No charges have been filed in either of the Saturday night accidents but the FHP is still investigating.

In the fatal accident, a Dodge pickup truck collided head-on with a Lincoln Town Car about 10:30 p.m. on State Road 52 at Bellamy Brothers Road near San Antonio.

According to FHP reports, the pickup was heading east on SR 52 and the Lincoln was going west when they slammed into each other. The pickup burst into flames after the crash, troopers said.

FHP said the 32-year-old driver of the Lincoln died at the scene.

The driver of the Lincoln and three critically injured passengers, all from New Port Richey, and one of them a 7-year-old child, have yet to be identified. Another passenger in the Lincoln, 29-year-old Tiffany Simmons of Dade City, was seriously injured.

All of the injured passengers were taken to St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa.

FHP reports said David Drake, 21, of Zephyrhills, who was driving the Dodge pickup, was not wearing a seat belt and was thrown from the truck in the accident.

He was taken by helicopter to Tampa General Hospital in critical condition.

Drake's passenger, 19-year-old Christine Clinton of Dade City, was seriously injured. Troopers said Clinton was wearing a seat belt.

The first collision happened about 8:15 p.m. on U.S. 41 near Gator Lane in Land O'Lakes. Troopers said a 1991 Chevrolet pickup truck heading south in the northbound lane hit a 2003 Mitsubishi sedan head-on. The sedan was heading north.

The driver of the pickup, Brett O'Brien, 43, of Land O'Lakes was taken to Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg in critical condition. The driver of the sedan, Kevin Ward, 29, of Hudson and his passenger, Clarence Ford, 29, of Tampa were also taken to the hospital with critical injuries.

All three men were wearing seat belts, according to the accident report.

This article has been updated to reflect the following correction: The vehicle that caught fire in a fatal collision Saturday night on State Road 52 was a Dodge pickup truck. A story Monday incorrectly stated which vehicle caught fire.

1 person killed, 9 injured in crashes in Pasco County 10/04/09 [Last modified: Monday, October 5, 2009 6:01pm]
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