Passenger Killed During Multi-Vehicle Crash in Osceola County
A fatal multi-vehicle collision along State Road 60 in Osceola County claimed the life of one individual and seriously injured several others yesterday morning, according to early accident reports from troopers with the Florida Highway Patrol.
Preliminary details surrounding the deadly three-vehicle crash indicate that it was approximately 6:15 a.m. on September 21, 2022, when a 54-year-old Port Saint Lucie resident was driving his 2017 Dodge Ram pickup truck in the westbound direction of State Road 60 roughly 5 miles west of Yeehaw Junction in Osceola County. At this same time, a 43-year-old resident of Brandon was behind the wheel of a Mitsubishi box truck and a bus full of Polk County inmates were both traveling in their respective vehicles within the eastern lane of State Road 60, with the box truck positioned directly in front of the bus.
A witness to the incident told Florida Highway Patrol officers that as the pickup truck approached the area near Peavine Road, it attempted to pass another slower-moving vehicle by driving into the eastbound lane. This maneuver put the pickup truck into the path of the oncoming box truck and bus. Both drivers tried to avoid a collision but neither was successful and the two vehicles crashed into each other. As a result of the first accident, the driver of the bus rear-ended the box truck.
Osceola County Fire Rescue and the Florida Highway Patrol arrived at the multi-vehicle pileup shortly after the first set of 9-1-1 calls went through to local dispatchers. Sadly, a 52-year-old Port Saint Lucie man, who was a passenger in the pickup truck when the crash occurred, was unable to survive his injuries and died at the scene. The driver of the box truck and the driver of the pickup were both airlifted in critical condition to local hospitals. No further updates about their injuries have been issued at this time. It is unclear whether or not the bus driver was harmed during the accident.
The 14 inmates who were aboard the bus at the time of the crash were also taken to nearby Osceola County medical facilities for treatment. They have since been picked up by authorities with the Florida Department of Corrections.
This auto accident is currently under investigation by the Florida Highway Patrol.
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