3 dead after fiery crash on State Road 200 in Marion County

Youngest victim was 16-year-old girl

(Photo: Marion County Sheriff's Office)

MARION COUNTY, Fla. – Two women and a 16-year-old girl were killed in a head-on, fiery crash on State Road 200 in Marion County Friday morning, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Troopers said a 60-year-old Crystal River man was driving a pickup truck towing a 12-foot trailer eastbound on State Road 200 near County Road 484 around 6:20 a.m. when he failed to maintain his lane and entered into the westbound lane.

There, his truck hit a sedan head on, causing that car to rotate and veer off the highway, records show.

After the initial crash, troopers said the truck hit the left side of a second sedan that was also in the westbound lane. That car also rotated and veered off the highway, according to the report.

The truck driver suffered critical injuries. Troopers said his truck caught on fire after the crash.

The 39-year-old woman driving the first sedan and a 16-year-old girl who was in the back seat died at the scene of the crash. A 10-year-old boy who was in the front passenger’s seat suffered serious injuries.

The 73-year-old woman driving the second sedan also died at the scene of the crash.