Two Ocala women who had just left a bar died in a fiery head-on collision with a tractor-trailer. The women were driving on the wrong side of U.S. 301. The collision occurred just before 11 p.m. two miles south of Citra. When firefighters arrived on the scene, they saw flames shooting 20 to 25 feet in the air. The truck and the Jeep Wrangler the two women were in were engulfed in fire.
The truck driver escaped the cab without injuries. The women likely died on impact. The victims in the Jeep were identified as Glenda J. Cribbs, 46, and Tricia H. Colwell, 41, both of Ocala. Colwell was the driver.
A patron at On Top of the Hill Bar on U.S. 301 told officials the women had left the bar and turned south onto the northbound lanes of the four-lane highway. The witness jumped into his vehicle to try to stop the women. By the time he caught up with them they had already crashed. At least two vehicles traveling in the northbound lanes had to swerve to avoid the Jeep before the collision with the tractor-trailer occurred.
No charges will be filed against the truck driver who was shaken by the accident. By the time he saw the Jeep it was too late.