Five people, including a one-year-old girl, were killed in a near frontal collision on a Florida highway on Sunday night, authorities said.
A 2015 Ford Explorer traveling north crossed the center line of the freeway and collided near head-on with a 2021 Nissan Frontier, the Florida Highway Patrol said in a news release.
The 20-year-old driver of the SUV and three of the vehicle’s six passengers, including one-year-old and 12-year-old girls, suffered fatal injuries, FHP said. A 56-year-old woman was also killed. The other three passengers, girls and women aged 5, 22 and 31, were in serious condition, according to the FHP.
It is unclear why the SUV crossed the freeway, the FHP said. The incident happened at 9:22 p.m. on SR-39 in Hillsborough County, north of Plant City and about 25 miles northeast of Tampa. The driver and all passengers were wearing seat belts or child restraints, according to FHP.
After the initial crash, a tractor-trailer collided with the pickup truck, which was in the southbound lane with no lights illuminating it after the crash, according to the news release.
The driver of the van, a 53-year-old man, was fatally injured at the scene, FHP said. The one-year-old child died at an area hospital, the highway patrol said.
The driver of the semi-trailer truck, a 60-year-old man, suffered no injuries, according to FHP.