Women seriously injured in collision with log truck


Published: Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 6:23 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 6:23 p.m.

Two Old Town women were seriously injured Thursday when their car pulled into an intersection and was struck by an oncoming loaded log truck in Dixie County, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Taken to UF Health Shands Hospital were Irene Hinkley, 80, and Linda Schmidt, 60, FHP reported in a press release.

The accident happened about 2:40 p.m. at the intersection of County Road 351 and CR 351A. Hinkley was driving a 1994 Buick Century west on CR 351A. She stopped at the intersection but failed to see a southbound log truck on CR 351 and pulled into the intersection in front of it while attempting to make a left turn, the release states.

Truck driver Hal John Barnett, 49, of Georgia, was unable to stop and hit the car. FHP said the impact caused the two vehicles to become attached, with the truck pushing the car about 200 feet.

Barnett was taken to North Florida Regional Medical Center with minor injuries.

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