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Teen dead, 5 injured in separate crashes on I-75 in Marion County

2 crashes happened hours apart, closing southbound lanes of I-75

Ocala firefighters said they had to extricate two people after a crash on I-75.
Ocala firefighters said they had to extricate two people after a crash on I-75.

MARION COUNTY, Fla. – An 18-year-old man was killed and four others were injured Wednesday afternoon in two separate crashes on Interstate 75 in Marion County involvoing semi-trucks, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

The FHP said Carson Green, of Reddick, died in a wreck around 4:30 p.m. on I-75 south near mile marker 368.

Troopers said Green was driving a 2006 Ford F-150 when he lost control on the wet roadway and struck another car and a big rig. Green was pronounced dead at the scene, according to an FHP report.

The driver of the other car suffered minor injuries, and the big rig driver was unharmed, the FHP said.

A couple of hours earlier, a tractor-trailer driving south on I-75 crossed the median guard rail near the State Road 40 overpass, hitting a passenger car going north head-on. Two other vehicles -- a car and an SUV -- were also involved in the crash, according to FHP.

Ocala firefighters say two cars, an SUV and a semi were involved in a crash on I-75.
Ocala firefighters say two cars, an SUV and a semi were involved in a crash on I-75.

The driver and passenger in the car hit by the semi-truck were trapped in the vehicle and Ocala Fire Rescue crews freed them around 3 p.m. Both of those patients were taken to an area hospital as trauma alerts, according to Ocala Fire Rescue.

Firefighters said the driver of the second car and the SUV were also taken to a hospital. The semi driver was not injured.