FHP: Tampa family seriously injured after I-4 crash

Sgt. Steve Gaskins/The Florida Highway Patrol

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) — Several members of a Tampa family were sent to the hospital after a single-vehicle crash on I-4 Sunday.

The Florida Highway Patrol says the driver, Keith O’Dell Carson, 29, was traveling eastbound on the interstate near SR-574, on the outside lane of the road when he lost control of his vehicle.

His Chevrolet Suburban left the roadway and went onto the grass shoulder of the interstate, then overturned, rotated and collided with a chain link fence, according to an FHP report. After hitting the fence, a trailer he was towing also overturned.

All ten passengers in the car, who are between the ages of 1 and 26, sustained serious injuries. They were all transported to Tampa General Hospital. Hospital officials say a 1-year-old is in critical condition. A 5-year-old and 16-year-old are both listed in serious condition. The conditions of the other passengers are unknown.

Carson suffered minor injuries and was also sent to Tampa General.

Troopers say three of the passengers, children ages 4, 5, and 8, were not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash. The incident was not alcohol-related.

Carson was cited for three counts of no seatbelt for passengers under 18.

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