A Weeki Wachee woman was critically injured when the Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) she was driving collided with a tractor-trailer truck in Brooksville.
Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) Public Affairs Officer (PAO) Sgt. Steve Gaskins said that at 7:30 a.m., on Oct. 12, the 39-year-old Weeki Wachee woman was driving her SUV eastbound on County Road 476 – Lake Lindsey Road – approaching the intersection of US 98 – Ponce De Leon Boulevard while a tractor-trailer truck driven by a 67-year-old man from Floral City was traveling southbound on US 98, approaching the intersection of County Road 476.
At the same time a pick-up truck driven by a 56-year-old man from Brooksville and his 55-year-old passenger from Spring Hill were traveling northbound on US 98 in the left turn lane, approaching the intersection of County Road 476.
Meanwhile a pick-up truck driven by a 29-year-old Brooksville man was traveling northbound in the left turn lane of US 98 approaching the intersection of County Road 476, directly behind the pick-up truck carrying the Brooksville man and his passenger.
Both pick-up trucks stopped in the left turn lane when the tractor-trailer approached the intersection.
At a stop sign and a flashing red traffic signal, the SUV entered the direct path of the tractor -trailer causing that vehicle to collide with the left side of the SUV. As a result, that vehicle was propelled into both of the pick-up trucks, causing the one carrying the Brooksville man and his passenger to overturn onto its roof.
The SUV then re-entered the roadway’s southbound travel lane where its left rear collided with the left side of the tractor trailer.
Finally, all four vehicles came to rest in the intersection and in the roadway’s travel lanes.
The Weeki Wachee woman sustained critical injuries in the incident. The Brooksville man and his 55-year-old male passenger sustained minor injuries, while the man driving the second pick-up truck was uninjured. The tractor-trailer truck driver was also uninjured in the incident.