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Georgia man killed when 2 pickups crash on US 17

Highway north of Yulee reopens hours after Wednesday morning accident

A crash on U.S. 17 north of state Road 200 closed the highway for hours.
A crash on U.S. 17 north of state Road 200 closed the highway for hours. (WJXT)

YULEE, Fla. – A 60-year-old man died Wednesday morning when his Ford F-150 pickup truck southbound on U.S. 17 veered into the northbound lanes and struck another F-150, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

The collision happened at 6:30 a.m. near the intersection with Hamilton Street, north of state Road 200.

According to the accident report, Fred Westerfeld III, of St. Marys, Georgia, died at the scene. The driver of the second pickup truck, Barry Gluntz, 54, from Ohio, was taken to UF Health Jacksonville with critical injuries.

U.S. 17 remained was closed in both directions for hours while the accident was investigated and cleared.


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