Tragic, Fatal Wrong-way Collision on U.S. Highway 27 in Marion County, Florida
MARION COUNTY, FLORIDA - According to an online news report published on ocala.com, a Jeep Grand Cherokee and a Ford Fusion collided along U.S. Highway 27 last Saturday.*
Tragically, both drivers involved in the collision were killed. The accident news report described the fatal crash as a wrong-way collision.
The deadly head-on collision happened along a dark section of U.S. 27 that has no street lights. The fatal accident shut down all southbound traffic lanes for several hours. Florida Highway Patrol began investigating the accident and interviewed witnesses as they waited for the Medical Examiner's Office to help in the investigation.
According to Florida Highway Patrol law enforcement officials, a Jeep Grand Cherokee was heading north along the southbound inside traffic lane of U.S. Highway 27. A Ford Fusion was heading southbound along U.S. Highway 27 in the inside lane. The Jeep Grand Cherokee collided with the Ford Focus approximately one mile south of County Road 326 in northwest Marion County, Florida.
Florida Highway Patrol officials reported that the driver of the Jeep Grand Cherokee, a 54-year-old Miami man, was the only occupant of the motor vehicle. He tragically passed away at the accident scene.
The Ford Focus driver, a 22-year-old woman from Williston, also tragically passed away at the accident scene. She was the only person in the vehicle. Florida Highway Patrol Troopers were told that the woman was heading to work.
Florida Highway Patrol no longer releases the names of accident victims due to Marcy's Law. The fatal head-on collision is currently under investigation by the Florida Highway Patrol.
A woman who was driving to the World Equestrian Center witnessed the wrong-way vehicle. The passengers in the vehicles needed to be extricated. The witness stated that she was driving, and the vehicle hit its brakes in front of her. The woman realized at that moment that the Jeep was heading in the wrong direction.
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