Single Vehicle Crash July 16, 2021

A medic with Nature Coast EMS leaves a single-vehicle crash scene the morning of Friday, July 16, within the wood line near State Road 44 and Homosassa Trail in Lecanto to get more equipment to help treat the injured motorist.

A motorist appeared to be OK the morning of Friday, July 16, after his car traveled into woods along a Lecanto roadway and struck a tree, which almost split the front of his vehicle in half.

According to Citrus County Sheriff’s Office deputies at the crash scene off of westbound lanes of State Road 44, east of its intersection with Homosassa Trail, the older man may have suffered from a medical episode while driving a tan Ford Crown Victoria north on Homosassa Trail.

Deputies said this led the man to drive through a red light at the intersection and travel into the wood line at a high rate of speed before his car was stopped by a tree. Another deputy driving nearby witnessed the crash and responded to help treat the injured man.

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Crews with Nature Coast EMS and Citrus County Fire Rescue worked to extricate the trapped man, using the Jaws of Life to peel back obstructing metals. Deputies said the man was talking with emergency responders.

Deputies closed the outside lane of S.R. 44 to traffic while they investigated the crash and waited for a tow truck.

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