A 3-vehicle crash on Interstate 75 in Pasco County sent three people to the hospital Thursday, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
Troopers say all three vehicles were traveling southbound in the left lane of I-75 when traffic slowed near milepost 281 around 11 a.m.
A 33-year-old Brooksville man driving a pickup truck became distracted by spilled coffee and failed to slow down, crashing into the back of a sedan driven by a 27-year-old woman from Horatio, Arkansas, the Highway Patrol said in a news release. The force of that crash sent the woman’s car into the back of a sedan being driven by a 28-year-old man from Mascotte, troopers said.
The pickup truck and the first sedan rotated and came to a stop along the west shoulder of I-75, while the second sedan spun and came to a rest along the east shoulder of the road, according to the Highway Patrol.
A 13-year-old boy and a 14-year-old boy from Horatio, Arkansas, sustained critical injuries, while a 33-year-old man from from Horatio, Arkansas, was seriously injured, troopers said. All three were taken to St. Joseph’s Hospital, according to Sgt. Steve Gaskins, a spokesperson for the Highway Patrol.
The 27-year-old driver and a 30-year-old female passenger in that same sedan, both also from Horatio, Arkansas, sustained minor injuries, troopers said. The pickup truck driver and the driver of the other sedan were not injured.