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I-75 wreck in Pasco County kills Tampa man, seriously injures five others

DADE CITY — A Tampa man died and five people were seriously injured Sunday when a car rear-ended an SUV, causing both vehicles to roll over on Interstate 75, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

The accident took place about 4 p.m. in the southbound lanes of I-75, north of Blanton Road.

Troopers said a 2009 Toyota sedan driven by Michael Keller, 51, crashed into the back of a 1999 Lincoln sports utility vehicle driven by 60-year-old Fred J. Hutto of Tampa.

Both vehicles turned over and ended up on the outside shoulder of the highway.

Killed was Amos M. Jones, 63, of Tampa. He was a passenger in the SUV. Hutto, the driver of the SUV, was seriously injured and was taken to St. Joseph's Hospital.

In the Toyota, all four people suffered serious injuries: Keller, the driver, along with passengers Angelica Keller, 41; Arlie Keller, 7; and Gabrielle Benavides, 8. All four are from Smyrna, Tenn. The Kellers were rushed to St. Joseph's Hospital.

Another passenger in the SUV, Ricky Houston, 51, of Tampa, suffered minor injuries.

Traffic backed up on I-75 as rescuers closed at least one lane of traffic and removed debris. The Toyota sustained an estimated $18,000 in damage, and damage to the SUV was estimated at $10,000.

An investigation is continuing.

I-75 wreck in Pasco County kills Tampa man, seriously injures five others 07/25/10 [Last modified: Sunday, July 25, 2010 7:51pm]
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