TAMPA — A Hillsborough County sheriff's deputy is recovering after her vehicle was struck last week by a 41-ton crane, setting off a massive pileup that injured seven others.
Deputy Deborah Walker, 51, suffered five broken ribs, a 10-inch cut on her left arm, a sprained neck, bruised lungs and a contusion in the spine.
Walker, a 26-year veteran, was initially transported to St. Joseph's Hospital in critical condition, deputies said. She has since been moved to a regular room and is expected to be released from the hospital soon.
A HART bus with a dozen passengers, a dump truck, an SUV and a van were also part of the pileup, which occurred at Hillsborough Avenue and 56th Street about 11:19 a.m. Drivers of the van and SUV went to hospitals, along with five people from the bus, the Sheriff's Office said.
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