Multiple people airlifted following crash on U.S. 19

A Florida Highway Patrol Trooper takes notes Thursday afternoon as a Citrus County Sheriff’s Office deputy discusses details of a two-vehicle crash in Homosassa. The wreck, which occurred between Kane's Ace Hardware and McDonald’s in the southbound lanes of traffic, left two riders on the bike with severe injuries requiring them to be airlifted to a hospital. The driver of the truck that collided with the bike was uninjured.

The victims of a Thursday crash on U.S. 19 in Homosassa have been identified as a Lakeland man and woman.

At about 1:43 p.m., 66-year-old Joseph L. Sanders, of Homosassa, was driving a Chevrolet pickup north on U.S 19 and was trying to turn left onto West Faust Lane, according to Florida Highway Patrol.

At the same time, Dennis D. Campbell, 42, and passenger Barbara E. Ostrom, 43, both of Lakeland, were riding a Honda motorcycle south on U.S 19, approaching the intersection with West Faust Lane.

Sanders reportedly turned into the path of the motorcycle and the vehicles collided, ejecting the motorcyclists.

Campbell and Ostrom were not wearing helmets and sustained serious injuries. Sanders was not injured, according to FHP.

Alcohol was not considered a factor. Charges are pending.


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