3 dead, 2 injured after crash in Lakeland

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LAKLAND, Fla. - Authorities say three people are dead and two are injured after two vehicles collided in a central Florida intersection.

The Polk County Sheriff's Office says a speeding pickup truck collided with a car early Sunday in Lakeland.

Sheriff's office spokeswoman Carrie Eleazer says the pickup truck's driver was hospitalized with several broken bones.

The car's driver, Dorothy Operhall of Mulberry, died at the scene. Her common-law husband, Leonard Simmons, also died at the scene. He had been sitting in the back seat.

Front-seat passenger Melina Helbig of Rochester, Pa., also died at the scene. Her husband Robert was hospitalized in critical condition. He also had been sitting in the back seat.

All four people in the car were wearing seatbelts.

Eleazer says charges are pending.

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