441 crash seriously injures 1; ShandsCair helicopter has mechanical failure

Belleview, Florida — On Tuesday, the Florida Highway Patrol responded to a crash at U.S. 441 and Southeast 104th Terrace, involving a motorcycle and SUV.

According to reports, the motorcycle, driven by Todd Worrell, 59, was traveling northbound on U.S. Highway 441 preparing to make a U-turn to go southbound on U.S. 441.

A 2005 Chevy Equinox driven by April Henderson, 36, was on Southeast 104th Terrace preparing to make a right-hand turn onto U.S. 441 to travel southbound.

According to troopers, Worrell made a U-turn into the right travel lane instead of the lane closet to him (the left lane) as required by Florida Statute.

As Henderson proceeded to make a right turn from 104th Terrace onto U.S. 441, the front of the motorcycle slammed into the right side of the SUV.

According to reports, the motorcycle and its rider then became lodged underneath the SUV.

Marion County Fire Rescue responded and utilized airbags and cribbing to lift the SUV. MCFR crews from Engine 10 and Ladder 30 were able to lift the SUV and free the driver and his motorcycle.

ShandsCair helicopter was also dispatched to the scene. However, upon landing the pilot deemed the helicopter unsafe to fly due to a mechanical issue with a door latch.

A MCFR ambulance then transported Worrell, who had serious injuries, to Ocala Regional Medical Center.

U.S. 441 was closed until the helicopter could be repaired.

The call for the accident came in at 4:42 p.m. and the lanes reopened at 6:16 p.m.

Worrell’s Blood alcohol results are pending, which is standard with this type of crash.

He received a citation for Improper Left Turn.

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