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Dunedin Beacon
One seriously injured in 10-vehicle pileup
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Massive damage is evident on this Toyota Corolla, one of 10 vehicles involved in a crash that occurred just after 5 p.m. July 22 on U.S. 19 in Dunedin. The driver was airlifted to Bayfront Medical Center with serious injuries.
DUNEDIN – A Pinellas Park man suffered serious injuries during a 10-vehicle crash that occurred just after 5 p.m. Tuesday on U.S. 19 north of Curlew Road.

Florida Highway Patrol released a report on the 10-vehicle crash Wednesday morning. The driver of the F250, which was towing the trailer, Robert Piper, 37, of Clearwater was cited for careless driving.

Florida Highway Patrol responded to the crash scene about 5:11 p.m. July 22. According to the report, the truck and trailer had been traveling in the center lane of southbound U.S. 19. When Piper attempted to change lanes, he lost control of the trailer, which struck a curb. The F250 then began to rotate out of control.

The truck hit the side of a 2009 Toyota Corolla driven by Paniphone Cinnavongsa, 35, of Pinellas Park. Cinnavongsa suffered serious injuries and was airlifted to Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg.

The truck also hit the side of a 2004 Ford F250 being driven by Donnie Bray, 56, of Clearwater. Bray was not injured.

The trailer then disconnected from the truck and began to overturn, striking the side of four other vehicles, including a 2002 GMC Yukon. The driver, Ekaterini Bakkalapulo, 47, of Odessa was not injured. The trailer also struck a 2005 Toyota Sienna driven by Christine Earley, 61, of New Port Richey; a 2002 Toyota Camry driven by Steven Majors, 53, of Dunedin; and a 2009 Mitsubishi Galant driven by Brittany Adams, 23, of New Port Richey.

The impact from the trailer caused the Galant to strike the rear of a 2012 Chrysler 300 driven by Jeffrey Huard of Pinellas Park. Huard’s vehicle then struck the side of a 2005 Ford van driven by Peter Moran, 53, of Palm Harbor, which struck a 2013 Honda Accord driven by Debora Brown, 54, of Palm Harbor.

Troopers report that Cinnavongsa’s Corolla also struck the front of Brown’s Accord.

Cinnavongsa was the only one to suffer serious injuries. FHP reported that Adams and her 1-year-old passenger, suffered minor injuries, as did Huard. No other injuries were reported.
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