Head-on collision in Manatee County results in two deaths and one critically injured


MANATEE COUNTY, Fl. — A head-on collision on Monday, Dec. 26, in Manatee County left two people dead and one in critical condition.

Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) advised the crash happened along State Road 62 and Saffold Road at approximately 4:49 PM.

The first vehicle, driven by an unidentified person, was traveling westbound on State Road 62 just east of Saffold Road. The second car, driven by a 35-year-old man with a 30-year-old Bowling Green woman passenger from Bowling Green, was traveling eastbound on State Road 62 just east of Saffold Road.

The first vehicle traveled into the eastbound lane, attempting to pass other traffic in the westbound lane.

Both vehicles then collided head-on. The first vehicle overturned onto the eastbound shoulder, and the second vehicle rotated after the initial impact.

The first vehicle’s driver, who is unidentified at this time, and the female passenger from Bowling Green have been pronounced dead. The man from Bowling green suffered critical injuries.