Sunday, June 24, 2018
Public safety

Two men in critical condition after Thursday crash on I-275

TAMPA — Two Hillsborough men are in critical condition after the car they were riding in Thursday collided with a sports utility vehicle on Interstate 275 and flipped several times.

At about 5 a.m., Louis Alberto Garcia, 21, was heading north when he changed lanes on I-275 near Lois Avenue, colliding with the side of the SUV in the outside lane, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Garcia's car and the SUV, driven by Rolando Rodriguez of Valrico, went out of control onto the shoulder of the interstate.

Both vehicles flipped several times and hit a shipping container, which belongs to a construction company, that was about 75 feet from the interstate, the FHP said.

Both drivers sustained minor injuries, as did Rodriguez's passenger, a 14-year-old boy.

But the two back-seat passenger's in Garcia's car — Brandunn Sanchez, 19, and Christopher Spencer, 23 — suffered critical injuries. They were taken to area hospitals.

The FHP continues to investigate the crash.

Jessica Vander Velde can be reached at [email protected] or (813) 226-3433.

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