Two killed in crash on U.S. 441 involving dump truck, UPS truck

Officials work at the scene of a crash in which two people were killed on North U.S. 441 Tuesday morning.

Joe Byrnes/Staff
Published: Tuesday, January 25, 2011 at 7:56 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 25, 2011 at 7:56 a.m.

OCALA - Two people were killed in a two-vehicle crash involving a dump truck and a UPS truck on North U.S. 441 northbound at Northwest 95th Street Tuesday morning.

The crash was reported at 3:43 a.m., according to a Marion County Fire Rescue official on scene. As of 6:20 am., the dump truck still lay on its side beside the highway, and dirt and large rocks were strewn over the roadway itself. As of 10:50 a.m., U.S. 441 northbound was open. Southbound traffic was not affected by the crash.

The names of the people killed -- who had been in the dump truck -- were not immediately available. They were the third and fourth people killed in traffic crashes in Marion County so far this year. The two men were reportedly not wearing seat belts.

A Florida Highway Patrol trooper interviewed the driver of the UPS freight truck, Daniel Stanley Irish, 46, of Jacksonville, who gave an account of the crash. The told the trooper that last night he left Jacksonville, went to Pinellas County to unload, picked up a load in Ocala and was headed back to his hub in Jacksonville.

He was driving north was in the outside lane on U.S. 441 and the dump truck also was in the outside lane. He said there were no lights on the dump truck.

Irish said he tried to avoid hitting the other truck, but his vehicle's right front clipped its left rear. The dump truck turned over, ejecting the two people inside, who appeared to be men.

It was not immediately clear whether the dump truck had stopped or was moving slowly.

As a matter of course, blood was drawn from the UPS driver for testing.

Irish appeared shaken up by the crash and declined to talk with the Star-Banner. A UPS supervisor who arrived on scene and was taking pictures said Irish will receive counseling. She did not wish to comment further.

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