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Columbus man dies in Florida wreck

A Columbus man died Monday in a wreck in De Funiak Springs, Fla., reports state.

Alysia Michelle Coppins, 40, of Columbus, was driving north on U.S. 331 in a 2006 four-door Suzuki around 12:40 p.m. when the wreck occurred. A bus in front of Coppins’ car had to stop suddenly because of traffic, and Coppins swerved left to avoid hitting the bus, Florida Highway Patrol records state.

She entered the southbound lane of the highway and in front of John W. Martin’s 1997 Ford pickup, which collided with the Suzuki, reports state.When a patrol officer arrived, both vehicles were stopped on the west shoulder of the highway, records state.

The passenger in Coppins’ car, Nicholas T. Powell, 31, was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead, a release states.

Coppins had serious injuries while Martin, of De Funiak Springs, had minor injuries, reports state.

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