MARION COUNTY, Fla. – A fatal crash on County Highway 484 in Marion County prompted the enforcement of a temporary roadblock there Saturday morning, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
The three-vehicle crash was reported around 10:30 a.m. near where 484 meets SW 170th Avenue, just east of Dunnellon. The roadway was reported clear by 3:30 p.m.
According to a crash report, a SUV was traveling westbound on County Highway 484 at the same time a second SUV was traveling eastbound on the same road. A third SUV was traveling eastbound on County Highway 484, behind the second SUV.
Troopers said the first SUV traveled into the eastbound lanes of County Highway 484 for unknown reasons and struck the second SUV, causing the left side to crash into the second SUV’s left side.
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According to the report, that collision sent the second SUV off the roadway into the south ditch of County Highway 484 , where it overturned. The driver and two passengers suffered minor injuries, troopers said.
After the first crash, the front of the first SUV then collided with the front of the third SUV.
The first SUV traveled off the roadway and into the north ditch of County Highway 484 and came to a final rest. The driver, identified as a 74-year-old Ocala man, was pronounced dead at the scene, the FHP said. His passenger, a 71-year-old Ocala woman, suffered critical injuries.
According to the report, the third SUV traveled off of the roadway into the south ditch where it came to final rest. One passenger, a 30-year-old Texas woman suffered critical injuries. An 8-year-old passenger suffered serious injuries and the driver and two other passengers suffered minor injuries.
The crash remains under investigation.
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