HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, FL – The Florida Highway Patrol said five people died after a multi-vehicle crash Sunday night in Hillsborough County.
According to WFTS, the incident happened on State Road 39 near Bruton Road at about 9:22 p.m. The FHP said the driver of a northbound Ford Explorer crossed over the center line and crashed into a southbound Nissan Frontier nearly head-on. The Explorer ended up on a shoulder of the highway while the Frontier came to rest in the southbound lane, where it was was struck a short time later by a tractor-trailer.
Four people were pronounced dead at the scene: the drivers of the Frontier and the Explorer, and two passengers in the Explorer, a 56-year-old woman and a 12-year-old girl. Another passenger in the Explorer, a 1-year-old child, died after being taken to an area hospital. Three other passengers in the SUV, ages 5, 22 and 31, were seriously injured. The driver of the third vehicle was not hurt.
The FHP is investigating the cause of the wreck and said that everyone involved was wearing their seat belts.
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