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Troopers: 2 dead after semi-truck involved crash on U.S. 27 in Havana

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Posted at 3:32 PM, Feb 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-18 15:37:58-05

GADSDEN COUNTY, Fla. (WTXL) — Two people are dead after a semi-truck involved crash on U.S. 27 in Havana, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Troopers say the crash happened on U.S. 27 near Glade Road (C.R. 12B) around 7:10 a.m. on Tuesday.

They say a 2004 Chevrolet Silverado was traveling south on U.S. 27 in the southbound lane while a semi-truck was going the opposite way in the outside lane.

At some point, the Silverado, driven by 76-year-old Macarther Chandler, drove into the median and started to make a left turn onto Glade Road, crossing into both northbound lanes.

FHP says the semi turned to the right and applied brakes but the vehicle began to jackknife, hitting the front of Chandler's car. The semi-truck then crashed into a fence and into the Pyramid Excavating business sign.

Both Chandler and the passenger in his vehicle were killed in the crash. Troopers have not identified the passenger who was killed in the crash.

The driver of the semi-truck was not injured in the crash. Troopers say charges are pending investigation.

At this time, troopers don't know if alcohol was a factor in the crash.