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Fatal accident shuts part of State Road 54 in west Pasco

TRINITY — Several lanes of State Road 54 were closed Wednesday afternoon near Mitchell Ranch Road, due to a fatal traffic accident involving a semitrailer truck.

The accident happened about 12:40 p.m. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Jeffrey A. Lebron, 35, of New Port Richey, was headed westbound on State Road 54 in his Toyota sedan when he suddenly crossed the median and crashed into a semitrailer truck head-on. The truck — driven by Adalberto Gonzalez, 43, of Deltona — drove into a ditch and hit a power pole.

Lebron died at the scene, said Sgt. Larry Kraus, spokesman for FHP. Kraus said Gonzalez was not injured.

Westbound lanes of State Road 54 are open, but eastbound lanes are closed. Kraus said the crash caused a hole in the truck's fuel tank and the fuel has to be removed before the truck can be towed from the scene. Kraus said crews hope to have it cleared up and eastbound lanes open soon. In the meantime, eastbound traffic is being rerouted.

Kraus said medical issues could have caused Lebron to cross the median into oncoming traffic, but nothing will be certain until the medical examiner completes an investigation.

Check back with tampabay.com for updates.

Fatal accident shuts part of State Road 54 in west Pasco 05/26/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 4:26pm]
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