This was published in the Ocala Star Banner. Two area men suffered serious personal injury Tuesday morning after their pickup truck drove under the side of a large dump truck, crushing the cab and trapping the two front-seat occupants. Both men were airlifted to Shands at the University of Florida in Gainesville. One man remained in critical condition for his personal injuries while the other man was in fair condition.
One of the men suffered head and lower body injuries. The other one is believed to have suffered a broken leg.
The accident happened when a tractor-trailer traveling south on Old Blitchton Road began to make a left onto U.S. 27. A pick-up truck with the two injured men was driving west toward I-75, carrying equipment in the bed and pulling a trailer when it ran into and under the dump truck. There was a stop sign on Old Blitchton Road at the intersection of U.S. 27, but it was not clear why the two vehicles collided. The accident is under investigation and no one was cited.