TAMPA — A 4-year-old was seriously injured Sunday when a pick-up truck blew a tire and overturned on Interstate 4, state troopers said.
The child, Yahel Cruz of Lakeland, was not in a child seat and was thrown from the Chevrolet truck, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
Three other children, all from Lakeland, were restrained and received minor injuries, the patrol said. They are Yajaira Valintina Cruz Perez, 1; Yury Parras, 9; and Judith Parras, 12. Two adults, driver Osbaldo Marroquin Cruz, 21, and Hilaria Perez, 31, each of Lakeland, also suffered minor injuries.
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All were taken to Tampa General Hospital.
The patrol said the truck blew a tire shortly after noon and overturned several times on Interstate 4 near McIntosh Road.
The driver was cited with not having a valid license and failing to use a child seat, troopers said.