Victims identified in I-4 crash in Plant City

8:58 PM, Jun 10, 2011   |    comments
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Plant City, Florida -- A five car chain-reaction collision killed two people, injured four others and closed the eastbound lanes of Interstate 4 for several hours Friday, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

The FHP initially said three people had died, but late Friday night said one of the victims initially thought to have died survived.

The crash happened eastbound at mile marker 19 near the Thonotosassa area. Traffic backed up for several miles.

Photo Gallery: Pictures of the traffic tie up and accident scene

Killed in the crash were Windelton Tolbert Seymore, 66, and Brenda Evans Richard, 56, both of Tampa. The driver of the car they were in, Shantel Lawton, 47, of Tampa, was seriously injured and taken to South Florida Baptist Hospital.  A third passenger, Amanda Evans Coleman, 48, of Tampa, was in critical condition at Tampa General Hospital, the FHP said.

Their car was struck from behind by a pickup driven by Joshua David Russo, 36, of Deltona, Florida, the FHP said.  He was seriopusly injured and taken to Lakeland Regional Medical Center. 

The crash touched off a chain-reaction crash involving five vehicles. One of the other drivers suffered a minor injury.  Two other drivers and a passenger were uninjured, the FHP said.

Traffic was diverted off at Thonotosassa Road and back on at Alexander during the closure. Westbound traffic in the area also slowed.

Traffic Pulse tells 10 News at the height of the delays, it took 98 minutes to travel from I-75 to Thonotosassa Road.

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