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.

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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