Woman badly hurt in crash on U.S. 301
A 71-year-old woman was sent to the hospital in critical condition after a three-vehicle collision on U.S. 301 early Thursday.
A semitrailer truck loaded with concrete utility poles was backing into a driveway on the west side of U.S. 301 just before 7 a.m. The truck, driven by Jose Moctezuma Hoyos, 47, of Land O'Lakes was blocking the southbound lanes.
Judith Deanna Lloyd, 71, of Thonotosassa was driving a Pontiac Grand Prix south behind a Ford Explorer driven by Stephanie Barnes, 25, of Plant City. As the women approached the truck, Barnes swerved to avoid hitting it and came to a stop on the shoulder. Lloyd slammed on the brakes but collided with the back of the trailer, troopers said.
Lloyd, who was not wearing a seat belt, was taken to Tampa General Hospital. Neither of the other two drivers was injured.