Saturday, November 18, 2017
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Crash involving semi closes U.S. 301 in Thonotosassa

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THONOTOSASSA — Both directions of U.S. 301 were closed near Ohio Avenue for several hours Tuesday morning after a semitrailer truck carrying scrap metal collided with at least one other vehicle.

Florida Highway Patrol troopers say Wendy Sue Anderson was driving a Toyota RAV4 west on Ohio Avenue near U.S. 301. Anderson, 41, made a left turn on U.S. 301 into the path of a semi that was traveling south on the highway. The semi, driven by James Eugene Purcell, 62, hit Anderson's rear passenger door and sent the SUV spinning into the northbound lane of U.S. 301. Anderson also hit a parked car and ran into the front porch of a nearby house.

The semi rolled over on its side, spilling scrap metal onto the highway and at least one other car, troopers said.

The patrol was called to the scene at 6:44 a.m.

Drivers of the vehicles were sent to the hospital with minor injuries, troopers said.

Anderson was charged with violation of right of way. No alcohol was involved in the crash, troopers said.

U.S. 301, which closed for several hours for investigation and cleanup, re-opened Tuesday afternoon.

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