In a Saturday afternoon crash in Marion County, one driver died and another was seriously injured, leading to the closure of southbound lanes on Interstate 75.
Around 4:45 p.m., a 57-year-old woman from Jacksonville was driving a van in the center lane of southbound I-75 near mile marker 372.
A pickup truck, driven by a 36-year-old man from Tampa, was in the right outside lane near the same marker, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
The incident report states that the collision happened when the van tried to switch lanes from the middle lane to the right outside lane.
This caused the right side of the van to hit the left front side of the pickup truck, making both vehicles spin into the right grassy shoulder.
The van and pickup truck then flipped and hit several trees before coming to a stop. The van’s driver, the only person in the vehicle, was pronounced dead at the scene by Marion County Fire Rescue.
The driver and sole occupant of the pickup truck was taken to a local hospital for treatment of serious injuries.
At the crash site, all southbound lanes were closed temporarily, and traffic was redirected at two locations (County Road 234 and Williston Road).
Around 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, two southbound lanes were reopened, and both detours off I-75 were cleared.