Three Dead After Two-Vehicle Wreck in Marion County, Florida
MARION COUNTY, FL. – According to an online news report posted at gainesville.com, three people are dead after a two-vehicle wreck that took place in Marion County, Florida. The news report says that two people were also seriously injured in the crash, which was described as head-on and occurred on State Road 40.*
Florida Highway Patrol Troopers say that the accident occurred at about 5:30 p.m. on April 20 near the intersection with Southwest 133rd Avenue. Witness information seems to indicate that a car was traveling east on State Road 40 at a high rate of speed, and the driver lost control while driving around a curve by the Classic Mile Park Training Center in Marion County.
Troopers said the eastbound car ran off the road, after which the driver overcorrected. This caused the vehicle to come back onto the roadway and enter westbound traffic, where it crashed into a westbound pickup truck head-on.
Two people were riding in the eastbound car, one of whom was ejected from the car during impact. The Gainesville Sun reports that both people from the car died at the scene of the accident. They were both identified as men.
Three people were in the pickup truck, including a man and two women. The Gainesville Sun reports that one of the women, who was driving the truck, died at the scene. The other two occupants of the truck were transported to Ocala Regional Medical Center with critical injuries.
The crash caused both directions of traffic to shut down on State Road 40 for about five hours. The accident is still under investigation.
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