Saturday, July 23, 2011

Two killed in head-on collision on East SR 40

By Austin L. Miller, Star-Banner

Two people were killed in a head-on collision on East State Road 40 early Saturday morning.
At about 5:40 a.m., Florida Highway Patrol troopers said, a white Oldsmobile was heading westbound on the highway and a silver Ford pickup hauling a fishing boat was heading in the opposite direction.
Troopers said the Oldsmobile was weaving and eventually crossed the double yellow lines and collided head-on with the Ford in the 14600 block.
Both drivers - a woman in the car and a man in the truck - were killed. A passenger in the pickup was taken by ambulance to Shands at the University of Florida.
A dog was thrown from the Oldsmobile and landed about 150 feet from the crash site. The brindled red-and-white 3-year-old male pit bull mix had some cuts and bruises. He was being taken to the Marion County Animal Center, where he would be checked out by a veterinarian.
The top of the Olsdmobile had been sheared off by the collision and its front caved in. The pickup had flipped over on its roof and the boat was lying next to it. Later Saturday morning, firefighters were extricating the driver from the truck.

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