Small plane crashes into median of McMullen-Booth Road in North Pinellas; one …

SAFETY HARBOR — A single-engine plane crashed onto the median of McMullen-Booth Road early Saturday morning, killing a man on board the plane, but hitting no one on the ground.

Two young girls were pulled from the crumpled red and white plane, according to authorities, and were being treated at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Tampa as of 5 a.m.

The plane nose-dived into the ground about a half-mile south of Enterprise Road, dragging down power lines and shutting off electricity to the area. McMullen-Booth Road was closed to traffic in both directions between Enterprise Road and Union Street.

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Nearby residents said they were awakened by a boom around 4 a.m.

Marina Brown, 20, of Ft. Lauderdale was visiting a home just west of the crash site when she heard a noise and saw a flash and sparks.

Mary Pronesti, 40, also of Ft. Lauderdale, was visiting the same home and said the crash scene looked like “fireworks shooting up from the ground.”

Bill Tregillus of Clearwater described the sound of the crash as “like a large guitar string snapping.” The sound of sirens soon filled the air.

Firefighters extinguished small fires in the median.

The names of the occupants of the plane had not been released as of 5 a.m.

Authorities expected the road to be closed for several hours.

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