US 19 Rear-End Crash

Responders with Nature Coast EMS, Citrus County Fire Rescue and the Crystal River Fire Department remove a woman Friday afternoon from an SUV that deputies say rear-ended a car on U.S. 19 south of the Home Depot near Crystal River, and spun into a nearby wood line. 

A pair of motorists was taken to hospital early Friday afternoon after their SUV rear-ended a car on U.S. 19 and spun out into a wood line near Crystal River.

According to a Citrus County Sheriff’s Office deputy investigating the collision, a silver Honda SUV was traveling south on the highway behind a gold Ford Fusion.

While south of the intersection with West Venable Street, the Honda collided with the Ford’s left-rear corner, causing both vehicles to rotate off in either direction of U.S. 19, the deputy said.

The Ford came to rest in the highway’s grass median, while the Honda spun onto the western grass shoulder and stopped at nearby trees, facing north.

Responders with Nature Coast EMS, Citrus County Fire Rescue and the Crystal River Fire Department removed a woman passenger from the Honda, and took her to Ocala Regional Medical Center for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries, the deputy said.

Her driver, a man, was also transported for back injuries.

Both occupants of the Ford were checked for injuries at the scene.

Deputies closed one southbound lane of U.S. 19 due to the collision.

Contact Chronicle reporter Buster Thompson at 352-564-2916 or

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With 2 hospitals within 15 minutes and no life threatening injuries, why did these people get taken to Ocala? Did they get charged for an incredibly high helicopter ride maybe?

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