Back-to-back wrong-way crashes leave one dead in Putnam County: FHP

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PUTNAM COUNTY, Fla. – One driver is dead and two others are in critical condition after a three-vehicle crash involving two separate wrong-way collisions in Putnam County Saturday afternoon, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Around 1:30 p.m., a 56-year-old man driving an SUV south on US 17 crossed the center lane for unknown reasons and hit a van in the northbound lanes, troopers said.

The impact sent the van into the oncoming lane, where it collided with a pickup truck head-on, FHP said.

The 26-year-old man driving the pickup truck and the 57-year-old man driving the van suffered critical injuries.

The 56-year-old driver of the SUV, who was from Crescent City, died at the hospital.

The report also stated that the only person wearing a seat belt was the 26-year-old man.