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Driver escapes fiery crash in New Port Richey


Published:   |   Updated: September 20, 2013 at 02:33 PM

NEW PORT RICHEY — A car that crashed into a power pole on Floramar Terrace caught fire Friday morning, but the driver escaped without serious injuries in the one-vehicle accident, the Florida Highway Patrol and Pasco Fire Rescue reported.

The driver, Amber Jean Rau, 27, of 2107 Cardamon Drive, Trinity, was arrested on a DUI charge, FHP reported.

The accident, which happened at 10:15 a.m., knocked down power lines, causing Floramar Terrace west of U.S. 19 to be closed in both directions, FHP reported. More than three hours later, traffic was still backed up on the street, which is the only entrance to the Gulf Harbors neighborhood, but one lane was being opened intermittently to allow vehicles through.

Rau did not require transportation to a hospital, FHP reported.

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