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Wimauma woman dies, two children badly hurt in crash

SUN CITY CENTER — A Wimauma woman died and her two daughters were in critical condition after a three-vehicle crash closed part of U.S. 301 on Monday, authorities said.

Maria Ruth Ramirez, 34, was driving a Chevrolet S10 pickup truck about 3 p.m. north on U.S. 301 when she crashed into a car in front her as it slowed to turn into a driveway at 17620 U.S. 301 S, the Florida Highway Patrol said. The pickup truck then spun into the southbound lanes of the highway, where it was struck by a Chevrolet Silverado.

Ramirez and her two daughters were transported to Tampa General Hospital, where she later died, the patrol said.

Her daughters, ages 10 and 11, were in critical condition. The occupants of the other vehicles were unharmed.

A portion of U.S. 301 south of Sate Road 674 was temporarily closed for medical helicopters.