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Van driver killed in head-on crash with a garbage truck in Pasco County

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Published Sep. 4, 2018

The driver of a van was killed Monday morning when the vehicle drifted into the oncoming lane and collided head-on with a garbage truck, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Following the crash, both vehicles traveled into a guardrail and caught fire. The driver of the van, 65-year-old Derek J. McCormick of Tampa, suffered fatal injuries at the scene.

McCormick was traveling south on Prospect Road near a curve when the crach occurred shortly before 11 a.m.

The driver of the Progressive Waste garbage truck, Christopher J. Santos, 36, of Brooksville was taken to Lakeland Regional Health hospital in serious condition as was a passenger in his truck, Dustin W. Sanders, 28, of New Port Richey.

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