3 dead in collisions on US 17, according to Florida Highway Patrol

JACKSONVILLE, Florida. – The Florida Highway Patrol was dispatched to investigate two separate crashes in Clay County Friday night that resulted in the deaths of three people.

Both crashes happened on US 17 northbound between County Road 220 and Creighton Road, and the freeway was closed between those roads while troopers investigated. A fourth person was taken to hospital for treatment.

According to the accident report, soldiers said the first sinking occurred around 5:10 p.m. near Los Palmas Drive.

According to FHP, the driver of a car was turning into a driveway on southbound US 17 when a northbound pickup truck collided with the car. The soldiers said the driver of the car did not yield.

The driver of the car, a 77-year-old woman from Middleburg, died in the crash. No one in the van was injured.

The other crash, according to soldiers, happened around the same time as the first one near Raggedy Point Road.

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According to FHP, an SUV was traveling south on US 17, while a pickup truck was traveling north. For unknown reasons, the driver of the SUV, a 56-year-old man from Fleming Island, lost control, crossing the median and into the path of the pickup truck. Soldiers said the SUV collided with the left front of the pickup truck.

The driver of the pickup truck, a 38-year-old man from Middleburg, and the driver of the SUV both died in the accident.

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