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Driver seriously injured after sedan dragged under moving truck on U.S. 19

Firefighters extricated the 58-year-old Dunedin woman from the vehicle after she crashed into the tractor-trailer near Republic Drive.
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Published May 3, 2020

DUNEDIN — A Dunedin woman was seriously injured Saturday evening after her sedan became wedged underneath a moving tractor-trailer that dragged the vehicle down U.S. Highway 19, according to Florida Highway Patrol.

Troopers have not named the 57-year-old woman or the driver of the Wawa tractor-trailer, a 48-year-old man from Orlando. According to their report, the crash occurred around 9:15 p.m. near Republic Drive and closed all southbound lanes of U.S. 19 to traffic for about an hour.

Troopers said the injured woman was driving a sedan southbound in the inside lane of U.S. 19 when the approaching tractor-trailer, traveling northbound in the left turn lane, attempted to make a U-turn near Republic Drive.

The female driver was unable to stop her vehicle, the report said, and smashed into the rear of the semitrailer. The impact of the collision caused the woman’s sedan to become stuck underneath the truck and was dragged for a short distance down U.S. 19.

Firefighters managed to extricate the woman from her vehicle and she was rushed to a nearby hospital with serious injuries, troopers said. The semitrailer driver was not injured in the crash.