Two people were killed and four others injured in a collision at an intersection in Hernando County where a traffic signal was not working early Friday morning, officials said.
According to the Tampa Bay Times, the accident happened in the vicinity of State Road 50 and U.S. 301 near the Ridge Manor Community Center at about 3 a.m. The Florida Highway Patrol said a flatbed semi-trailer truck collided with an SUV with five family members from South Carolina inside. A 53-year-old woman and her 34-year-old son were ejected from the SUV and pronounced dead at the scene. The 29-year-old woman driving the SUV was seriously injured and two young female passengers sustained minor injuries. The 42-year-old driver of the semi-trailer also suffered minor injuries.
Earlier a transformer explosion had caused a nearby power pole to catch fire, knocking out power to the traffic signal. The FHP said the inoperative signal was a contributing factor to the fatal wreck during the pre-dawn darkness.
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