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2 dead in Wesley Chapel traffic crash

A teen also was seriously injured.
Two people are dead in a crash on State Road 56 in Wesley Chapel, Pasco Fire Rescue reports.
Two people are dead in a crash on State Road 56 in Wesley Chapel, Pasco Fire Rescue reports.
Published Jan. 19|Updated Jan. 21

A man and a woman from Wesley Chapel were killed in a crash on State Road 56 Wednesday afternoon, the Florida Highway Patrol reported.

Troopers said the crash occurred at 2:49 p.m. at the intersection with Lajuana Road as a 52-year-old man was driving a 2017 Nissan Rogue east on State Road 56. He had a 56-year-old woman in the vehicle as his passenger, troopers said.

The man turned left at the intersection and was hit by a 2017 Honda Accord that a 17-year-old boy from Wesley Chapel was driving west on State Road 56, troopers said.

The Accord struck the Rogue and the SUV overturned. The SUV driver, who troopers said was not wearing a seat belt, was ejected. The passenger was wearing a seat belt and was removed from the wreckage by passersby, troopers said.

Both were pronounced dead at the scene, troopers said.

The 17-year-old who was driving the Accord, who troopers said was wearing a seatbelt, suffered serious injuries.

Troopers did not release the names of any of the people involved in the crash.

Troopers said they are seeking witnesses. Anyone who saw the crash can call the Highway Patrol at 813-558-1800.

Editor’s note: An earlier version of this article stated that both the driver and the passenger in the SUV were not wearing seat belts, which was based on a news release from the Florida Highway Patrol that was sent to the media on Thursday morning. On Friday afternoon, the Highway Patrol amended the report to say that the passenger in the SUV was wearing a seat belt and had been removed from the wreckage by passersby. The Times has since updated this report.

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