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Woman killed, 5 hurt in I-275 wreck

A woman was killed Monday night when the car she was riding in flipped over an Interstate 275 guardrail and rolled down an embankment.

Florida Highway Patrol officials said a northbound Honda Accord was trying to pass a Pontiac on I-275 near Sligh Avenue just before 8 p.m. The Pontiac flipped on the highway and ended up in an outside lane, while the Honda hurtled over a guardrail, ejecting the woman.

The woman, who was not identified pending notification of her family, died at the scene.

Three others who were in the Honda were taken by ambulance to Tampa General Hospital, said Trooper William Gonzalez.

The two people riding in the Pontiac suffered minor injuries, Gonzalez said.

Gonzalez said it appeared the Honda had made "an improper lane change." Officials said it wasn't clear whether the cars collided or swerved to avoid each other.

Several hours after the accident, debris and the crumpled Honda were still scattered across the three-lane off ramp, which was closed to traffic. Troopers also closed the outside northbound lane of I-275.

_ Times staff writer Josh Zimmer contributed to this report.

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