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Four dead, one badly hurt in crash near Spring Hill

SPRING HILL — Four people were killed in a three-vehicle crash Sunday night when a driver lost control of her car after passing another car in a no-passing zone, authorities said.

The crash occurred at 5:45 p.m. on U.S. 41 at Parsley Lane, southeast of Spring Hill, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

A 1998 Volkswagen with four people from Tampa inside was headed south and drove onto the wrong side of the road to pass a 2004 Toyota, troopers said.

The roadway, which was wet from a light rain before the crash, was marked with a double yellow line for no passing. There is a railroad crossing in the area.

After re-entering the southbound lane, the Volkswagen spun out on the wet road, swerving back into the northbound lane, where it struck a 1995 Ford driven by 42-year-old Joe Wayne McBroom of Hudson.

McBroom was the only person killed in the crash whose identity was released Sunday night.

The Florida Highway Patrol sought to notify relatives of the three Tampa people in the Volkswagen who were killed. Those victims included the 60-year-old female driver, a 63-year-old male passenger and a 49-year-old female passenger, the patrol said.

A fourth person in the Volkswagen, identified as passenger Jorge Luis Busto Almarales, 48, was airlifted to Bayonet Point Hospital with serious injuries.

The passengers riding in the Volkswagen were ejected upon impact, the patrol said.

All four fatal victims were pronounced dead at the scene. None was wearing a seat belt, the patrol said.

After the Volkswagen hit McBroom's Ford, it also clipped the Toyota it had passed before the accident, the patrol said. The four people in that car, who were wearing seat belts, suffered no injuries.

They were identified as Loi Dac Ho, 28; Hoa Le, 65; Daniel Nguyen, 11; and Andrew Nguyen, 5, all of Tampa.

Both lanes of U.S. 41 in the area were closed for hours as authorities from the Pasco Sheriff's Office and Florida Highway Patrol investigated.

Four dead, one badly hurt in crash near Spring Hill 07/22/12 [Last modified: Sunday, July 22, 2012 11:33pm]
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