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3 injured in Pasco collision

Three people were seriously injured Saturday when two cars collided on Gunn Highway (State Road 54), officials said. The identities of the injured were not known late Saturday, Trooper S.

R. Preston said.

Chief Thomas Santell of Pasco County Emergency Services said three people _ a man, a woman and a boy _ were flown to St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa, Tampa General Hospital and Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg after the 4:05 p.m. accident.

Traffic was backed up for more than an hour after the 1983 Pontiac and a 1981 Toyota collided about two miles west of Land O'Lakes Boulevard, also known as State Road 41, Preston said. The cars' left front-ends struck each other, injuring the driver and passenger in the Toyota and the person in the Pontiac.

Santell said the couple in the Toyota were married. Rescue workers from Pasco and Lutz Volunteer Fire Department had to cut away the top and door of the car to remove the couple.

The driver of the Pontiac was a 17-year-old boy, he said.

All three suffered head injuries, Santell said. The husband and wife also had broken legs and arms and possible internal injuries.

A nursing supervisor at St. Joseph's said the patient taken there was in stable condition. She would not release any other information about the patient.

No other information was available late Saturday.