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Gregory Perenich
3 November 2022

S.R. 39 Pileup Kills Five People

S.R. 39 Pileup Kills Five People

PLANT CITY — An infant, and five others, were victims in an S.R. 39 pileup on October 30, 2022. The crash happened around 9:20 p.m.

A person driving a Ford Explorer was driving north on S.R. 39, crossed the center line just north of Bruton Road, and collided nearly head-on with a person driving a Nissan Frontier pickup, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

The driver of the Ford Explorer stopped on the shoulder, and the driver of a Nissan Frontier came to rest in the southbound lane. As a result of the crash, the Nissan had no working headlights, and a semitrailer traveling southbound hit the Nissan on its passenger side door.

A 20-year-old woman driving the Ford Explorer and three passengers riding in her vehicle were killed. A 56-year-old woman and a 12-year-old girl died at the scene, and a 1-year-old girl died at the hospital. Two other women riding in the Explorer, ages 31 and 22, were hospitalized with injuries.

A 53-year-old Valrico man who was driving the Frontier was also killed. He was alone in the pickup.

A 60-year-old Plant City man driving the tractor trailer was not injured.