Tragic Accident Kills One Marking Ninth Death in Marion County in as Many Days
MARION COUNTY, FL- Ocala.com writes that one person died in a crash on Interstate 75 over the weekend. Reports indicate the victim, a 33-year-old man from Ocala, died in the single-vehicle wreck.*
The Florida Highway Patrol states that the victim was traveling in a 2002 Toyota Tacoma heading northbound near County Road 484. The 27-year-old man driving the vehicle and a 60-year-old man in the car both suffered severe injuries in the crash.
Officials report that the pickup truck, which was pulling a trailer carrying a minivan, veered off the side of the roadway. The driver attempted to correct and pulled the vehicle back onto the road but could not get control over the truck. The pickup then drifted off the road again and onto the shoulder where the trailer disconnected, and the truck rolled over. The victim did not have a seatbelt on, and the force of the crash caused him to be ejected from the vehicle.
The 33-year-old man died at the crash scene. Responders transported the other two occupants to nearby hospitals. Both of the other men are in serious condition.
The wreck caused the authorities to close two lanes on the interstate during the investigation.
This tragic accident marked the ninth traffic-related death in Marion County in the last nine days. So far this year, highway accidents killed 83 people in the county.
Fatal accidents are more common in Florida than the national average. Across the country, the number of traffic deaths dropped for the past two years. Much of the progress is the result of better vehicle safety technology.
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