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A Palmetto woman who stopped to check on victims of a car accident was herself seriously injured when a second crash occurred, according to Florida Highway Patrol.
The accident happened around 5:19 p.m. on Saturday near the intersection of U.S. 301 and 30th Avenue East in the Samoset area of Manatee County.
A Honda Accord that had been in an accident with another vehicle was disabled in the right lane of U.S. 301.
A 32-year-old Palmetto woman who was not involved in the crash came to the left side of the Honda to speak with the driver and passengers and see if they were injured.
As she was talking with them, a Dodge Ram traveling north in the right lane of U.S. 301 collided with the right side of the disabled Honda.
The collision pushed the Honda into the Palmetto woman, who was thrown onto a grassy area at the northwest corner of the intersection.
As a result, she suffered serious injuries and was transported to Blake Medical Center for care, according to FHP.
The driver of the Honda, a 28-year-old Parrish woman, received minor injuries and was taken to Manatee Memorial Hospital.
The 27-year-old Palmetto man driving the Dodge pickup truck was uninjured, but his passenger sustained minor injuries and was also hospitalized.
Troopers say charges are pending further investigation.