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DRIVER DIES IN ONE-CAR CRASH ON I-275

TAMPA

A woman died in a one-vehicle crash early Saturday morning in the northbound lanes of Interstate 275, near the West Shore Boulevard exit.

About 12:50 a.m., a 26-year-old woman was driving in a 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt when it veered into the outside shoulder, the Florida Highway Patrol reported.

The driver steered to the left but overcompensated. The car went into a spin across the northbound lanes, hitting a concrete barrier and pole. It continued to rotate and the driver was ejected. She was taken to Tampa General Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

She had not been not wearing a seat belt, and Highway Patrol investigators don't know yet if alcohol was involved. Authorities did not release her name Saturday evening because her family had not been notified.

LAKELAND

Footprints expose monkey business

Several monkeys that escaped from a Polk County facility months ago are creating mischief on a nearby ranch.

The remaining five patas monkeys that escaped from nearby Safari Wild in April have turned up at a 600-acre ranch.

The owner of the ranch says corn has vanished at an alarming rate from deer feeders and the switches and knobs on his tractors were tampered with, draining the batteries on both.

The tiny footprints helped unravel the mystery.

ORLANDO

Man commandeers bus to Disney area

An armed man forced a tour bus driver to drive to the Downtown Disney area, the Orange County Sheriff's Office said.

Authorities say the driver told police the man hid in the restroom of a Mears bus and emerged with a gun. He then forced the driver to drive to the Disney area. She dropped him off without being injured, according to the Sheriff's Office.

Deputies searched for him at the entertainment and shopping complex Saturday, but the search was later called off.

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