5 hospitalized after SUV hits tree in Pinellas Park

Pinellas County

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – Five people were seriously injured after an SUV crashed into a tree in Pinellas Park Wednesday morning.

The crash happened at about 5:20 a.m. in the 9000 block of 49th Street North. It then caused a small fire, but a group of civilians managed to put it out and helped get the occupants out of the vehicle.

Police said five passengers in the car suffered serious injuries and were rushed to area hospitals.

An investigation into the incident is ongoing. According to the Pinellas Park Police Department, the SUV was traveling at high speeds when it veered from the lane and hit the concrete median and hit the palm tree.

Police have stolen a stolen handgun and narcotics within the vehicle.

This story is developing and will be updated.

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