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One dead, several injured in crash on Interstate 275 in St. Petersburg

Three people were rushed to hospital trauma units around noon Tuesday after a multivehicle crash on Interstate 275 near Gandy Boulevard, authorities said. [St. Petersburg Fire Rescue]
Three people were rushed to hospital trauma units around noon Tuesday after a multivehicle crash on Interstate 275 near Gandy Boulevard, authorities said. [St. Petersburg Fire Rescue]
Published Mar. 31, 2015

ST. PETERSBURG — One woman died and two other people were transported to local hospitals around noon Tuesday after a four-car crash on Interstate 275 near Gandy Boulevard, authorities said.

The collision happened in the southbound lanes. Eight people were involved, according to St. Petersburg Fire Rescue. Five refused to be taken to a hospital.

Authorities identified the woman who died as Nancy Vanvolkenburgh, 58, of Crown Point, Ind. She was a passenger in a Nissan four-door that was struck from behind by a 2003 Dodge pickup while stopped in traffic. The driver of the Nissan, Jeffrey Vanvolkenburgh, 62, suffered critical injuries and was taken to Bayfront Health St. Petersburg. The driver of the truck, Richard Owen Holter, 61, of Lady Lake suffered minor injuries.

After striking the Nissan, troopers said, Holter's vehicle continued into a third car, bounced into another lane and was struck by a fourth car. The drivers and passengers in those vehicles either were not hurt or suffered minor injuries, according to the FHP.

No charges had been filed early Tuesday afternoon.