SHADY HILLS — Two people died when a dump truck struck their car on Shady Hills Road during a rainy rush hour Monday afternoon, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
The driver of the dump truck received minor injuries and was taken to a local hospital, FHP spokesman Steve Gaskins said.
Gaskins said Monday evening he did not yet know the identities of the victims or how the crash happened.
The collision occurred just after 4:30 p.m. on Shady Hills Road, about 2 miles north of State Road 52. The route sees frequent truck traffic from haulers going to the county's garbage incinerator and other industrial sites.
Traffic slowed to a crawl along the two-lane road as paramedics worked and troopers investigated. A storm pelted the scene with steady rain.
The dump truck, with the logo Cement Products of Hudson, sat on the shoulder of the road with its hood torn off. The cab of the truck was not damaged.
Nearby, a black Ford Mustang was upside down and nearly sheared in two. A yellow sheet lay across the side of the car.
The traffic tieup grew worse as rush hour wore on. Deputies had to funnel north- and southbound cars alternately through a single lane.
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