A 60-year-old Crystal River man triggered a three-vehicle wreck that killed three people Friday, June 26, 2020, on State Road 200, just north of the Citrus-Marion county line, according to a Florida Highway Patrol report.
The man was eastbound on S.R. 200, driving a pick-up truck and hauling a 12-foot trailer, when he failed to maintain his lane of travel, the report stated, crossing the center line directly into the path of a sedan.
The crash killed the sedan driver, a 39-year-old Ocala woman and her passenger, a 16-year-old girl. A second passenger, a 10-year-old boy, was seriously injured and transported to an area hospital.
A third vehicle, also a sedan, was struck on the left side by the truck, causing the car to rotate and coming to a stop in the northbound shoulder. The driver of that vehicle, a 73-year-old Ocala woman, was also pronounced dead on the scene, according to the report.
The man’s truck came to final rest facing northwest across the westbound lane, while the attached trailer came to final rest facing north, partially in both the east and westbound lanes. He was also transported to an area hospital for treatment.
The wreck forced officials to close S.R. 200 for several hours, rerouting traffic through Dunnellon.
Due to Marsy's Law, FHP is not releasing the names of the victims.
The crash remains under investigation, according to the report.