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Three people are killed in Ruskin crash

Hillsborough County firefighters work at the scene of a two-vehicle accident Sunday evening in Ruskin. Three people died and one was taken to nearby South Bay Hospital.

WILLIE J. ALLEN JR. | Times

Hillsborough County firefighters work at the scene of a two-vehicle accident Sunday evening in Ruskin. Three people died and one was taken to nearby South Bay Hospital.

RUSKIN — A two-vehicle crash in southern Hillsborough County killed three people and sent a fourth to the hospital Sunday night, Hillsborough County sheriff's officials said.

A sedan and a sport utility vehicle collided just before 7 p.m. at the intersection of 30th Street SE and 21st Avenue SE.

Three people in the sedan were killed. The driver of the SUV was taken to South Bay Hospital in Ruskin.

Sheriff's officials did not release the names of those involved.

But 21-year-old Eduardo Herrera Jr. said his father, Eduardo Sr., was the driver of the SUV.

Herrera Jr. and his brother, Jose, were in a pickup truck following their father as they drove east on 21st Avenue, toward home, after time at the family farm, Herrera Jr. said.

Herrera Jr. said at one point he lost sight of his dad's taillights. As he neared the intersection, he saw his father waving him down. The brothers checked on their father, who was complaining of chest pain, they said.

Jose Herrera, 17, said he then went to check on the occupants of the car.

"I said 'yo' but they never said nothing. They didn't move. It's kind of scary."

Sheriff's officials said they did not have an account of how the crash happened, but at least one of the vehicles struck a power pole. As a result, there were live electrical wires down at the scene.

Jose Herrera said he believed the sedan crossed from south to north on 30th Street into the path of his father's vehicle. A stop sign on 30th Street on the south side of the intersection was leaning slightly and a streetlight above the intersection was out.

A sheriff's spokesman said officials anticipated a lengthy investigation.

Three people are killed in Ruskin crash 11/29/09 [Last modified: Monday, November 30, 2009 12:02am]
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