A three-vehicle crash at an Inverness-area intersection injured a Citrus County woman, who had to be freed from her car before being airlifted for hospitalization.

Prior to the 6:05 p.m. collision on Monday, May 23, according to Florida Highway Patrol (FHP), a 73-year-old Inverness man was driving a silver Nissan Frontier south on South Run for the Roses Drive, approaching the junction with State Road 44.

At the same time, a red Jeep Wrangler and its two occupants were stopped for traffic in S.R. 44’s center median, waiting to turn east onto the roadway, while a gray Buick LaCrosse and its two occupants were westbound on S.R. 44.

According to FHP, the Nissan travelled across westbound lanes of S.R. 44 and into the path of the Buick, which struck the Nissan and the Jeep.

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Citrus County Fire Rescue (CCFR) crews extricated the Buick’s entrapped front passenger, a 75-year-old Beverly Hills woman, and took her by ambulance to a landing zone for a helicopter to transport her to HCA Florida Ocala Hospital for treatment, according to FHP and CCFR.

According to FHP, the Buick’s driver, a 78-year-old Beverly Hills man, suffered possible injuries but wasn’t transported to hospital, and the Inverness man and woman, both 67, traveling in the Jeep were uninjured.

FHP troopers cited the Nissan’s driver, who also wasn’t injured, for failing to yield.

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