5 dead, including toddler, after crash in Florida involving large rig

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – The Florida Highway Patrol is investigating a devastating crash that left five dead and three injured.

At around 9:30 p.m. Sunday, soldiers responded to a collision involving an SUV, pickup truck and tractor-trailer in Hillsborough County, Florida.

Soldiers said the SUV was traveling north on State Road 39 (Paul Buchman Highway) when it crossed the center line of the highway for unknown reasons and got in the way of the pickup truck, which went in the opposite direction.

The two vehicles collided almost head-on, then moments later the southbound tractor-trailer slammed into the van with its headlights turned off.

The driver of the van, a 53-year-old man from Valrico, died at the scene.

Soldiers said seven people from Zephyrhills were in the SUV. Four were killed, including the 20-year-old driver, a 56-year-old woman, a 12-year-old girl and a 1-year-old girl, who died at an area hospital.

The other passengers, aged 5, 22 and 31, were seriously injured.

The driver of the semi-trailer truck was not injured.

Everyone involved was wearing seat belts, according to the report.


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