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Driver dies at hospital after pickup truck sinks into pond in Pasco County, state troopers say

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Posted at 2:06 PM, Aug 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-01 18:49:32-04

PASCO COUNTY, Fla. -- A driver has died at a hospital after he and a passenger were pulled from a pickup truck that sunk into a pond in Pasco County.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the pickup truck was traveling northbound in the outside lane of U.S. 301, approaching the intersection of Gus Way, when the driver suffered a medical episode and lost control of the vehicle. The pickup truck then crossed the center grass median, the southbound lanes of U.S. 301 and then got into the shoulder of the roadway.

The pickup eventually hit a wood post, the concrete wall and then crashed into a pond before it completely submerged.

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A group of Good Samaritans nearby pulled the driver and the passenger out of the pickup truck and the pond, according to the Pasco County Fire Rescue. The driver was taken to the hospital where he was later pronounced dead and the passenger suffered minor injuries, according to FHP.

Officials did not release the identity of the driver.

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