State Road 44 & Key Center Crash

A Florida Highway Patrol trooper measures out a Thursday morning crash scene near the intersection of State Road 44 and North Van Nortwick Road, where a minivan went off a roadway, struck a power pole and overturned multiple times. Emergency responders had to remove a woman from the vehicle before airlifting her to a hospital for treatment.

A woman was airlifted to a hospital Thursday morning after her vehicle traveled off a Lecanto-area roadway, struck a power pole and overturned numerous times.

A Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) trooper investigating the 6:50 a.m. crash said the woman was conscious and somewhat alert before emergency responders transported her by air to Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point in Hudson.

According to the trooper, the woman was driving a silver Kia Sedona westbound on State Road 44 when she lost control of the minivan east of the North Van Nortwick Road turn.

After leaving the north side of S.R. 44, the Kia went through a power pole, splitting the wooden beam in two and leaving the top half hanging by its cables.

The Kia then spun on its side, slid into a ditch and began to overturn into a parking lot of the Key Training Center, where the vehicle struck a picnic table and a chain link fence before resting on its left side in a driveway, the trooper said.

Firefighters with Citrus County Fire Rescue had to remove the trapped woman from the back of the vehicle, according to the trooper.

After finding an empty infant car seat in the overturned vehicle, firefighters used thermal imaging devices to make sure there were no other passengers involved, but none were, the trooper said.

Crews with the Withlacoochee River Electric Cooperative (WREC) worked to repair the damaged power pole, which caused the closure of a westbound lane of S.R. 44.

WREC spokesman David Lambert said one of the power company's customers was affected by the downed lines.

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

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