RUSKIN, Fla — Two people were seriously hurt and a Florida trooper suffered only minor injuries in a three-vehicle crash early Sunday morning.

It happened just after 6 a.m. on State Road 674 just west of Interstate 75, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Troopers say a car driven by a 56-year-old Dwayne Howard of Gibsonton was heading west on SR-674 in the left turn lane when it turned into the path three approaching vehicles.

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Florida Department of Transportation

The car crashed into a truck driven by 55-year-old Vonnie White, which in turn collided with trooper Chris Davidson's cruiser. The crash caused his cruiser to lose a tire, sending it into the path of a van.

Howard and White were seriously hurt and taken to area hospitals for treatment. Davidson, too, was transported to a hospital for minor injuries.

Another driver and his passenger were not injured.

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