Florida highway crash: 1-year-old among 5 dead and several others injured in horrific head-on collision
The accident happened when a Ford Explorer crossed the center line of a two-lane highway and struck a Nissan Frontier traveling the other way
STATE ROAD 39, FLORIDA: Florida Highway Patrol reported that a Ford SUV carrying three girls and four women nearly collided head-on with a Nissan pick-up truck, killing five individuals, two of whom were young children. Identities of the ones involved in the fatal crash are yet to be revealed by the authorities.
The accident happened when a Ford Explorer, being driven by a 20-year-old woman and carrying five female passengers, aged 1, 5, 12, 22, and 31, crossed the center line of a two-lane highway headed north and struck a Nissan Frontier traveling the other way. The Ford's driver, the one-year-old, the 12-year-old were among five who were killed in the collision. Three more passengers in the automobile suffered significant injuries. The Nissan's 53-year-old driver was also killed and his passenger suffered serious injuries. An 18-wheeler then struck the Nissan but the driver escaped unharmed. The crash took place just before 10 pm on Sunday, October 30, at the intersection of SR-39 and Bruton Road in the suburbs of Tampa, just north of Plant City.
According to the authorities, every female passenger in the 2015 Ford Explorer was either restrained in a child safety seat or was wearing a seatbelt. The Valrico-born driver of the Nissan was on SR-39 heading south when the accident occurred. It was reported by the Daily Mail that the SUV crossed the middle line for "unknown reasons" as the cars drew near to one another. According to their report, both cars collided almost head-on. Following the collision, the Nissan came to stop in the southbound lane of SR-39 without any lights while the Ford ended up on the west side of the road. The destroyed Nissan's passenger side was then struck by an 18-wheeler traveling south on SR-39, sending both cars careening into a bank alongside the road. It is known that the 18-wheeler's Plant City-born driver escaped the collision unharmed.
Of a total of ten people who were involved in the disastrous highway crash, five perished and the status of the remaining five is still unclear as they survived with serious injuries. The Florida Highway Patrol is still looking into the collision and the health of the four additional people who were seriously hurt is unknown.