Collision puts two in hospital


Published: Tuesday, October 1, 2002 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, September 30, 2002 at 11:44 p.m.
A crash between a pickup truck and a tractor-trailer in Alachua County sent two people to the hospital Monday afternoon.
A navy-blue pickup truck was heading north on County Road 234 at about 4:30 p.m. when it drove into the intersection at Hawthorne Road into the path of a tractor-trailer, Florida Highway Patrol Trooper Calvin Long said.
The pickup landed several hundred yards away, resting against a tree. The tractor-trailer overturned in the median.
The driver of the pickup was flown to Shands at the University of Florida in serious condition, Alachua County Fire Rescue spokesman Justin Lagotic said. The driver of the tractor-trailer was brought to Shands at AGH in fair condition.
Officials weren't able to provide the victims' names by late Monday night.
There have been accidents at that intersection in the past, Lagotic said.
Drivers on County Road 234 should look two or three times when pulling into the intersection at Hawthorne Road, Lagotic said.
"You're coming from a place you're not used to seeing a lot of cars, to Hawthorne Road, which is a major road," Lagotic said.
-KATHY CIOTOLA CYNTHIA WALLACE/Special to The Sun Two hospitalized after wreck Alachua County Sheriff's deputy Lance Yaeger searches for the vehicle identification number on a pickup truck that collided with a tractor-trailer Monday afternoon in the 9900 block of Hawthorne Road. The driver of the pickup was taken to Shands at UF in serious condition and the driver of the tractor-trailer was taken to Shands at AGH, Alachua County Fire Rescue spokesman Justin Lagotic said.

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