On a Florida highway Sunday night, five people—including a 1-year-old girl—were killed, according to authorities. According to a news release from the Florida Highway Patrol, a 2015 Ford Explorer going north crossed the center line of the highway and struck almost head-on with a 2021 Nissan Frontier.
According to the FHP, three of the SUV’s six passengers, including girls aged 1 and 12, as well as its 20-year-old female driver, suffered fatal injuries. In addition, a 56-year-old lady died. According to the FHP, the three further passengers—girls and women aged 5, 22, and 31—were in critical condition.
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According to the FHP, it’s unknown why the SUV veered over the road. The incident took place at 9:22 p.m. on SR-39 in Hillsborough County, roughly 25 miles northeast of Tampa and north of Plant City. According to the FHP, the driver and every passenger were either buckled up or in a kid safety seat.
The pickup truck, which was in the southbound lane after the mishap and had no lights illuminating it, was struck by a tractor-trailer after the original collision, according to the news release. The 53-year-old pickup truck driver was killed at the scene, according to the FHP. According to the highway patrol, the 1-year-old passed away at a local hospital.
According to the FHP, the tractor-60-year-old trailer’s driver did not sustain any wounds.