CLAY COUNTY, Fla. – A woman was killed and two men were seriously injured in a three-vehicle crash Monday afternoon near the Shands Bridge, the Florida Highway Patrol said.
The crash happened around 1:20 p.m. on State Road 16 near Susan Drive.
According to the Highway Patrol, a pickup truck was traveling on west on State Road 16 when, for unknown reasons, the driver suddenly veered from the westbound lane, went into the eastbound lane and struck the front of a sedan. Troopers said a second sedan, which was traveling east on State Road 16 behind the first sedan, then collided with the rear of the first sedan. Troopers said the pickup truck spun after the first collision and impacted the left side of the second sedan.
The Highway Patrol said the driver of the first sedan — a 62-year-old Green Cove Springs woman — died. The passenger in that sedan — an 89-year-old Green Cove Springs man — was seriously injured, according to troopers.
The driver of the pickup truck — a 32-year-old St. Augustine man — was seriously injured, as well, troopers said.
The driver of the second sedan — a 23-year-old Newberry man — was reportedly uninjured.
According to the Highway Patrol report, the driver of the pickup truck was not wearing a seat belt, but the others involved in the crash were.
The bridge was closed for several hours following the crash but reopened shortly after 5 p.m. to traffic.