Truck driver dies following SR 40 Crash


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Mercury Grand Marquis driven by David Boswell. MCFR

Marion County — East State Road 40 traffic was blocked for hours Tuesday night following a two-vehicle accident.

The crash occurred at Southeast 165th Avenue and East State Road 40 at approximately 8 p.m.

Florida Highway Patrol Troopers said a 1992 Mercury Grand Marquis, driven by David Boswell, 61, was traveling westbound on State Road 40, and a loaded down 2006 Freightliner semi tractor-trailer, driven by Michael J. Sanders, 57, was traveling eastbound on State Road 40.


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Semi driven by Michael J. Sanders. [Click photo to enlarge]
Troopers said that a preliminary investigation indicated the Grand Marquis attempted to make a left turn in front of the semi.

The front of the semi then slammed into the front of the Grand Marquis.

According to reports, after the impact the semi veered onto the north shoulder of State Road 40 and into a private driveway.  The semi then struck a parked pickup truck, a trailer, and a shed.

The semi narrowly missed hitting the house.

Firefighters responded to the call and extracted both drivers from their vehicles.

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Troopers and MCFR on the scene. MCFR

Boswell and Sanders were both transported to Ocala Regional Medical center with critical injuries.

Sanders, who was from Deland, FL, was pronounced deceased at the hospital.

Boswell is listed in critical condition. He is from Silver Springs.

Both lanes of traffic reopened shortly after 2 a.m.

The investigation is ongoing.