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Truck swerves to avoid dog, hits tree, catches fire; 3 humans injured

A 39-year-old man and two passengers were seriously injured when the truck they were in swerved off the road to avoid an animal, struck a tree and caught fire.

The men were southbound on County Road 675 in Manatee on Sunday morning when an animal ran in front of their 1997 Ford F-150, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Swerving to avoid the animal, the driver lost control, ran off the shoulder and struck a tree, FHP reported.