SAN ANTONIO — A semitrailer truck that rear-ended a car Friday morning spawned a couple of collisions that injured four people and closed both directions of State Road 52 near Interstate 75.
Randolph L. Mercer, 46, of Tampa was driving his semi west on SR 52 just before 8 a.m. when a Pontiac sedan driven by Nicole M. Williams, 27, of San Antonio slowed down in front of him near Old Pasco Road, the Florida Highway Patrol reported.
The semi ran into the Pontiac, FHP said, sending the car off SR 52 and into a culvert.
The semi continued going west in the eastbound lane of SR 52, and sideswiped an oncoming Jeep driven by Ann B. Nelson, 47, of Spring Hill, FHP said. The Jeep careened into a tree north of the highway.
Then the semi collided head-on with a vehicle driven by George M. Bowsher, 55, of Spring Hill.
Bowsher was taken to St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa, where he remained Friday in critical condition.
Mercer and Nelson were listed in serious condition at Pasco Regional Medical Center. Williams was in serious condition at St. Joseph's.
Chris Casca, a 47-year-old passenger in the semitrailer, was not injured.
Port Richey police Chief David Brown,, said Bowsher is his daughter-in-law's father. Brown said Bowsher was on his way to work when the accident happened. He said Bowsher had his spleen removed and suffered "substantial" head trauma.
The crash is under investigation.
Any witnesses who saw the accident are asked to call the Florida Highway Patrol toll-free at 1-800-235-6019.
Camille C. Spencer can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (813) 909-4609.