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Three hospitalized in I-75 crash near Brandon

BRANDON — A three-car accident tied up traffic on northbound Interstate 75 Friday afternoon and sent three people to a local hospital.

An Oldsmobile in the left lane of Interstate 75 near State Road 60 swerved right to avoid colliding with a car in front of it, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. The car hit the trailer of a Land Rover in the center lane and a Honda van.

Both the Oldsmobile and the Land Rover ran off the road into a barrier wall. The Land Rover overturned and the driver, Mark Otero, 27, of Thonotosassa, was ejected. Trooper found he'd been thrown off the overpass onto Woodberry Road. He was in critical condition at Tampa General Hospital.

Otero's passengers, Hannah Khanalizadeh, 20 of Tampa, and Raymond Otero, 21, Philadelphia, were both taken Tampa General in serious condition.

No one in the other vehicle's was injured. The Oldsmobile driver, Leonard Romano, 45, of Fort Myers, was cited for careless driving.

Three hospitalized in I-75 crash near Brandon 10/15/10 [Last modified: Friday, October 15, 2010 7:00pm]
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