3-vehicle crash leaves 1 dead, 1 injured

A three-vehicle accident resulted in the death of a Mayo man and a seriously injured Branford woman midday Sunday near Ichetucknee Springs State Park.

According to a Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) report, around 11:55 a.m. a 28-year-old Mayo man was driving a Ford Mustang westbound on U.S. Highway 27 near 29th Road. An 84-year-old Meriden, Conn., man in a Chevy Express van was traveling eastbound on Highway 27 in front of a 61-year-old Branford female in a Nissan Rogue SUV.

The Mustang traveled into the eastbound lane and the van went into the westbound lane to avoid a collision, causing the front right of the Mustang to collide with the right rear of the van. Following the initial collision, the van overturned onto the driver's side before coming to a stop in the westbound lane facing east.

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The Mustang continued traveling westbound in the eastbound lane and collided with the front left of the Nissan, resulting in the Mustang rotating counterclockwise before coming to a stop facing southward. The Nissan rotated counterclockwise traveling off the south shoulder of Highway 27 before stopping in the ditch facing northwest.

The FHP report indicated the non-restrained Mayo man driving the Mustang died from his injuries, while the Branford woman driving the Nissan sustained serious injuries. The 84-year-old van driver, who was wearing a seatbelt, was not injured.

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