LAKE COUNTY, FL – The Florida Highway Patrol said a rollover accident near Leesburg Monday night left two teenagers dead.
WKMG reported details of the wreck, which took place in the area of Goose Prairie Road and Felkins Road. State troopers said a 17-year-old boy was driving a Jeep Wrangler east on Goose Prairie Road at about 7:52 p.m. when he entered the westbound lane of the roadway to pass a pickup truck.
When another westbound vehicle approached, the Jeep driver re-entered the eastbound lane and hit the front of the pickup. The Jeep then went onto the eastbound shoulder and the driver over-corrected, causing the vehicle to go across both lanes of the road and end up on the westbound shoulder. The Jeep overturned several times and collided with a wire fence.
The Jeep driver, a Leesburg resident, and his passenger, a 16-year-old boy from Umatilla, both were pronounced dead at the scene. The FHP said the two victims were wearing their seat belts.
The driver of the pickup, a 38-year-old man from Umatilla, stayed at the scene and was not injured.
The incident prompted the closure of Goose Prairie Road in both directions while the wreckage was being cleared.
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