State Road 44 in Eustis shut down after fatal crash involving 3 cars

LAKE COUNTY, Fla. — One person died and another was seriously injured in a crash on State Road 44 in Eustis Tuesday evening.

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Florida Highway Patrol Troopers responded to the intersection of State Road 44 and Donna Vista Place just before 6:30 p.m. for reports of a crash involving multiple different vehicles.

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According to investigators, a 22-year-old man from Sanford was westbound on State Road 44 in a Nissan Altima when he crossed over the center line and into the eastbound lanes.

Troopers say the Altima sideswiped an eastbound Honda Accord before colliding head-on with a pickup truck that was also headed eastbound.

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The Altima driver died at the scene, according to FHP. Troopers say they’re still trying to figure out what caused him to drive into oncoming traffic.

The driver and a passenger in the Accord weren’t injured.

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The driver of the pickup truck, identified only as a 56-year-old man from Eustis, was flown to Central Florida Regional Medical Center with serious injuries and is expected to survive.

State Road 44 has been completely shut down in both directions as Troopers continue their investigation into what happened. Drivers are being asked to avoid the area.

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