Fatal Accident at State Road 62 and Saffold Road Claims One Life, Leaves Three Critically Injured

Manatee County - Florida Highway Patrol reported that a deadly accident occurred at the intersection of State Road 62 and Saffold Road in Manatee County, resulting in one fatality and three individuals being critically injured.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP). The crash took place on August 22, 2024, at around 6:37 AM, involving a van and a truck under circumstances that led to a tragic outcome.

Preliminary reports from FHP indicate that a Dodge Van , driven by a 59-year-old man from Texas, was heading west on State Road 62. At the same time, a Ram Truck , operated by a 51-year-old man from Bowling Green, Florida, was stopped facing south on Saffold Road at the stop sign at the intersection with State Road 62.

At 6:37 AM the truck proceeded to make a left turn, moving into the path of the oncoming van, resulting in a collision that severely impacted both vehicles and their occupants.

The impact caused the front of the van to strike the left side of the truck, leading both vehicles to rotate and travel off the roadway onto the south shoulder of State Road 62. The truck overturned onto its right side, coming to a stop facing south, while the van came to rest facing west on the south shoulder of the roadway.

The accident resulted in critical injuries to the driver of the van and two passengers from the truck, a 45-year-old woman and a 24-year-old woman.

Tragically, a 23-year-old woman traveling as a passenger in the truck was pronounced deceased at the scene of the crash. The driver of the truck also sustained serious injuries.

Emergency response teams issued three trauma alerts and transported the injured parties to local hospitals for urgent care. The Florida Highway Patrol Traffic Homicide Unit is actively investigating the crash to determine the specific dynamics and factors that contributed to this fatal incident.

This collision highlights the critical importance of adhering to stop signs and exercising caution when navigating intersections, particularly those with complex traffic patterns or limited visibility. The FHP urges drivers to remain vigilant and prioritize safety to prevent similar tragedies in the future.
Updates on the investigation and further details will be provided as they become available. The community's thoughts are with the families and individuals affected by this devastating event.

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