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Fatal crash closes U.S. 301 in Thonotosassa

Published Jan. 5, 2012

THONOTOSASSA — An unidentified 21-year-old was killed after the pickup he was driving collided with a concrete pumping truck early Thursday, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

The crash happened about 6:10 a.m. on U.S. 301 near Walker Road.

The Ford F-350 being driven by the unidentified Sebring resident was traveling north on U.S. 301. The concrete pumping truck driven by Steven J. Patrick, 45, of Wesley Chapel, was behind. At the intersection with Walker Road, the unidentified driver steered right and then sharply left in an apparent attempt to make a U-turn, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Patrick tried to stop, but couldn't avoid a crash, and the front of his vehicle struck the driver's side of the pickup.

The unidentified driver died at the scene.

A passenger in the pickup, Amos Flores, 38, of Avon Park, was seriously injured and taken to Tampa General.

U.S. 301 was blocked at the scene of the crash and was closed for a few hours Thursday morning.