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FHP: Passenger dies in I-75 crash after driver swerves out of exit lane

The sudden maneuver caused the car to hit another, troopers said.
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TAMPA, Fla — A 66-year-old man died from his injuries following a crash late Saturday on Interstate 75 in Tampa, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Troopers say a car, driven by a 59-year-old Largo woman, was heading south on I-75 to W. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. She realized she was at the wrong exit and steered left into the next lane.

But there already was a truck in the lane, which was driven by a 26-year-old man from Granbury, Texas, the FHP said in a news release. The truck hit the back of the car, causing it to rotate before hitting a sign and a tree.

The man, who was a passenger in the car, died at the hospital, troopers say. The woman suffered serious injuries while the driver of the truck was not hurt.

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