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3 hurt in 2-vehicle accident in Citrus

A two-vehicle crash on U.S. 19 between Crystal River and Homosassa sent three people to the hospital and slowed traffic on the busy highway for about 45 minutes Sunday. William L. Price, 33, of Ocala was driving a Wells Fargo Armored Service truck south on U.S. 19 about 1:30 p.m. when he swerved across the grass median to avoid a car, Florida Highway Patrol Trooper William Bishop said.

Price ended up in the northbound lane, where he collided with a Buick Regal driven by Scott Anthony Willis, the trooper said.

Willis, 27, of Inverness was taken to Seven Rivers Community Hospital with his two passengers, 26-year-old Betty Hout and her son, 7-year-old Billy Hout, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Willis did not appear to be seriously injured, though Betty Hout incurred facial injuries and her son sustained a broken leg, the spokeswoman said.

Bishop said he cited Price for careless driving.

The accident backed up traffic about half a mile in the highway's northbound lanes, Citrus County sheriff's Sgt. Wayne Burns said.