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A wrong-way, four-vehicle collision on U.S. 19 almost two miles south of the Citrus-Levy county line killed a Marion County man and injured five other motorists, including a toddler. 

According to a Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) report, which didn’t disclose the identities of those involved in the 6:47 p.m. crash from Sunday, Nov. 15, 2020, a 65-year-old man from Weirsdale was driving a van south on the highway in a northbound lane near West Cornflower Drive.

At the same time, an SUV, pickup truck and sedan were heading north on U.S. 19, respectively.

When it approached Cornflower Drive, the van collided head-on with the SUV, causing the van to go airborne and land in the highway median, according to the FHP report.

Emergency responder’s pronounced the van’s driver dead at the scene.

FHP’s report states the collision also spun the SUV into the path of the pickup truck, which struck the rotating vehicle and overturned it onto a grass shoulder.

Inside the SUV, a 30-year-old man, 25-year-old woman and 2-year-old girl — all from Saint George, Georgia — suffered critical injuries, according to the FHP report.

Unable to stop in time, the sedan sideswiped the truck, continued on the highway’s shoulder and struck a tree. 

FHP’s report states the truck’s driver, a 73-year-old man from Crystal River, and the sedan’s driver, a 76-year-old man from Old Town, both suffered minor injuries.

Contact Chronicle reporter Buster Thompson at 352-564-2916,  bthompson@chronicleonline.com or visit tinyurl.com/yxn2ahso to see more of his stories.