Gainesville, FL (September 1, 2019) - Four people were killed in a tragic, head-on crash in Gainesville on Saturday, August 31st. The collision occurred around 4:30 a.m. on Southwest Williston Road.
Troopers with the Florida Highway Patrol reported that a Toyota Highlander was traveling southbound in the northbound lanes. That is when the Highlander collided head-on with a Ford Expedition. The Highlander caught fire following the crash. The fire eventually spread and overtook the Expedition of well. Fire crews arrived on the scene to extinguish the flames. The driver of the Highlander was pronounced dead. He has not been identified at this time. The driver of the Expedition, 54-year-old Jerry Leffert, Jr. along with his passengers, 75-year-old James Sweet, and 72-year-old Linda Sweet, were all killed in the crash. A third passenger in the Expedition was taken to the hospital with serious injuries.
Authorities are still investigating the crash. There is no word at this time on what caused the Highlander to travel the wrong way.
We send our thoughts to the families of those killed in this horrific crash in Gainesville. Police will continue to investigate in an effort to obtain further answers as to what may have caused the wrong-way collision to take place.
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