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Sumter County ambulance personnel injured in crash

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SUMTERVILLE, Fla. — Two emergency personnel were seriously injured Monday morning after their Sumter County EMS ambulance tried to make a U-turn, but pulled out in front of a dump truck.

The driver, Michael Mahia, 22, of Eustis, and Nicholas Fatolitis, 20, of Leesburg, both were taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center, according to a Florida Highway Patrol report.

Charles Dean, 39, of Spring Hill, the third EMS employee, sustained minor injuries and also was taken to a hospital.

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The crash occurred on U.S. Highway 301 near N.E. 13th Ave. in Sumterville, just before 10 a.m. Monday.

Sgt. Steve Gaskins, FHP spokesman, said the crew got dispatched to a call. The ambulance was driving north on 301, pulled to the shoulder of the road, activated its lights and made a U-turn – and into the path of the truck.

The truck driver, Jorge Luis Rodriquez, 40, of Orlando, sustained minor injuries and was taken to South Lake Hospital.

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The report adds Mahia was cited for making an improper U-turn.

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