Driver killed, 6 children hurt in I-75 crash caused by tire blowout

Driver killed, 6 children injured in crash after tire blowout

RIVERVIEW, Fla. -- A tire on an SUV blew out, causing its driver to lose control and crash on southbound I-75 in Hillsborough County.

The driver was killed and six children, ages ranging from one to 11-years-old, were taken to Tampa General Hospital with various injuries, according to Sgt. Steve Gaskins of the Florida Highway Patrol.

The driver has since been identified as 28-year-old Jessica Guevara of Brandon. She was ejected from the vehicle in the crash along with four of the children. Two of the children are in critical condition, including the one-year-old and nine-year-old. 

The crash happened around 8 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 15, near Big Bend Road. First responders shut down the southbound lanes to traffic as they worked to clean up after the crash and tend to the victims.

Police reopened the lanes around noon.

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