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DEPUTY SUFFERS MINOR INJURIES

Traffic along U.S. 19 was snarled Tuesday afternoon after this Pasco County sheriff's cruiser collided with a pickup truck. Authorities said that at 3:05 p.m., Deputy Kristina Gonzalez, 24, was on her way to back up another deputy when she hit a silver Dodge Ram at U.S. 19 and Cotee River Drive, just south of the bridge. Gonzalez was taken to Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point with minor injuries. The unidentified driver of the truck wasn't taken to the hospital. He sat in a folding chair at the scene and talked to authorities. Meanwhile, authorities directed traffic, which slowed to one lane northbound and two southbound as rush hour approached. Further information was unavailable Tuesday evening.

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