TAMPA — A woman died Monday after a three-vehicle crash on U.S. 301 that started when the brakes failed on a Mack truck.
The Florida Highway Patrol said the 79-year-old woman from Sun City Center, whose name had not yet been released, died at Tampa General Hospital.
About 4 p.m., according to a preliminary investigation, a 2003 Mack truck driven by 36-year-old W.L. Williams of Tampa was traveling north on U.S. 301, south of Falkenburg Road, when its brakes failed.
Williams steered left, crossing the median, entering the southbound lanes and colliding with an Acura TL. That car spun and struck a Kia Sorento. Williams' truck also hit that Kia.
The driver of the Kia was killed, and the driver and passenger of the Acura suffered minor injuries, the patrol said.
The Mack truck is owned by TNS Jr. Hauling of Riverview, troopers said. The crash remains under investigation.