Crash in Dunedin shuts down road for 6 hours

10:17 AM, Dec 7, 2013   |    comments
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Dunedin, Florida -- A truck trying to pass a vehicle that was directing traffic ended up crashing and injuring three people. 

According to reports, a Ford F350 was traveling slow in the curblane of Belcher Road, pulling a directional arrow sign board through an area of construction. The sign was directing drivers to the median lane.

A Ford Sport Track driven by 18-year-old Cory Ziegler was also traveling northbound in the median lane of Belcher Road.

Investigators say Ziegler changed lanes into the curb lane in order to go around a slower moving vehicle. As he changed lanes, deputies say, he noticed the arrow board and attempted to accelerate around the slow moving vehicle. As he attempted to move back into the median lane to avoid the arrow board trailer, Ziegler struck the trailer with the rear of his vehicle, causing him to lose control and the vehicle to fishtail. The Ford then struck the median and began to roll.

The roll caused Ziegler's three passengers, James Spence, Jessie Aldridge and  Kyle Aldridge to be ejected from the vehicle. Deputies say the three did not appear to be wearing seat belts.

Ziegler was wearing a seat belt and was not ejected or injured in the crash. James Spence and Jessie Aldreidge were transported by air to Bayfront Medical Center for treatment of life threatening injuries. Kyle Aldridge was transported by ambulance to St. Joseph's Hospital for treatment of minor non-life threatening injuries.

Traffic was shut down for approximately 6 hours while deputies investigated the scene. At this time deputies say speed appears to be a factor in the crash.

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