Withlacoochee Trail Truck Crash

A tow worker sets a magnetic tail light to the hood of a Chevy S10 that rolled over onto its roof Monday morning after its 17-year-old driver from Dunnellon swerved off County Road 39 to miss a deer. Responders airlifted the teenager to a hospital for treatment of traumatic but non-life-threatening injuries.

A 17-year-old boy was airlifted to a hospital with traumatic but non-life-threatening injuries Monday morning after his truck overturned on a Dunnellon-area roadway and pinned him beneath the vehicle.

According to a Florida Highway Patrol trooper investigating the 8:07 a.m. crash, the Dunnellon teenager was driving a green Chevy S10 southeast on County Road 39 — or Withlacoochee Trail — approaching the intersection with North Country Club Way.

The trooper said the boy told him a deer jumped onto the road, forcing him to swerve off the road, which caused the truck to roll onto its side, skid back onto the roadway and roll onto its roof on the grass.

Not wearing a seatbelt, the boy was partially ejected from the truck, which then landed on his leg, pinning him, the trooper said, adding emergency responders had to jack the truck up to rescue the entrapped teen, who was then airlifted for treatment.

FHP cited the motorist for failing to wear a seatbelt.

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(2) comments


40 years ago I learned to wear a seatbelt. Something in the water in this county makes people just plain stupid, and proud of it.

CitrusCo Citizen

Seatbelts save life and limb.

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