A 4-year-old Jacksonville girl died and two other people were seriously injured in a two-vehicle Columbia County collision on Interstate 10 Thursday evening.
According to a Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) release, a 33-year-old Jacksonville female was driving a sedan eastbound on I-10 at 7:41 p.m. following a 41-year-old Jacksonville female driving a sedan in the left lane.
The 33-year-old merged into the right lane and began to overtake the lead sedan when she attempted to re-enter the left lane, striking the right front of the vehicle. The 33-year-old’s sedan rotated counterclockwise and left the north side of the road, collided with a tree in the center median and caught fire.
Emergency responders transported the 33-year-old female and an 8-year-old Jacksonville male passenger to area hospitals in serious condition while the 4-year-old girl was pronounced dead at the hospital. All three were wearing seatbelts and/or child restraints.
The 41-year-old driver in the other sedan and her 19-year-old Jacksonville male passenger were not injured.
The crash occurred near I-10 mile marker 302.