WESLEY CHAPEL — All southbound lanes of Interstate 75, just north of the I-275 split in Pasco County, were blocked at midday Friday due to a major traffic crash that sent three people to the hospital.
The crash happened about 11 a.m. It involved a Ford Ranger pickup and a 2003 Toyota Prius, authorities said.
The accident happened when Prius driver Corrinne Marie Bageard of Port Richey was traveling south on I-75. When she approached the apex of I-275, she tried to change lanes, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. The car crossed a median and hit a guardrail, which sheared the driver's side and sent the car spinning. Bageard's 13-year-old son, Jacob, was thrown from the front passenger's seat and onto the highway. Rear seat passenger Nicholas DaSilva, 12, also was injured, the patrol said. Ms. Bageard suffered minor injuries. Her son was airlifted to St. Joseph's Hospital. She and the other boy were also treated there. All were wearing seat belts. The debris from the wreck damaged a Ford Ranger traveling southbound but caused no injuries.
All lanes on the southbound side of Interstate 75 just north of the split with Interstate 275 were blocked from noon to about 2 p.m., according to the patrol. Traffic was being rerouted onto I-275. Drivers were being asked to seek alternative routes.