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June 28, 2014

Early morning crash in Suwannee County sends several to hospital

Live Oak — An early morning crash on US 90 in Wellborn sent several people to the hospital, one in critical condition, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Reports show that on Saturday, June 28, at 3:10 a.m., a 2008 Chevrolet Malibu was traveling northbound on Lowe Lake Road and approaching a stop sign at the intersection of US 90. Meanwhile, a 2007 Freightliner semi-tractor-trailer, driven by Albert Gilreath Jr., 41, Orlando, was traveling westbound on US 90. The driver of the Chevy failed to stop at the stop sign and traveled into the intersection where its front struck the left front side of the semi. A secondary collision then occurred between the rear of the Chevy and the left side of the semi as the Chevy rotated after the initial impact. The semi subsequently overturned onto its left side before coming to final rest.

FHP said at this time, the driver of the Chevy is unknown pending further investigation. Its occupants were Justin Ramon Freeman, 27, Live Oak, who sustained minor injuries, Tarence Caruarcia Thompkins, 33, Live Oak, who sustained serious injuries and was transported to Shands Regional Medical Center in Live Oak, and Kenneth Jerome Cooks Jr., 21, Live Oak, who received critical injuries and was transported to Shands UF in Gainesville.

Both Gilreath and his passenger William Henry Lane, 39, Orlando, sustained minor injuries and were transported to Shands Regional Medical Center in Live Oak, reports state.

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