HARDEE COUNTY — A 30-year-old Bradenton male driver and a 21-year-old Myakka City male passenger were being treated at Blake Medical Center Sunday after sustaining serious and critical injuries, respectively, in a crash at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.
The Florida Highway Patrol reports the driver of a 1996 Ford F-250 truck was towing a goose-neck trailer with a large off-road vehicle west on State Road 64 when he pulled toward the centerline to give room to a stopped vehicle off the roadway on the north shoulder.
The driver reportedly lost control and drove across the eastbound lane, entered a ditch on the south side of the roadway and collided head-on into the base of a large concrete power utility pole, which fell while only partially held up by the fallen power lines.
The truck overturned on its left side on the south shoulder of SR 64 facing west. The vehicle being towed was thrown off the trailer on its right side facing southeast. Results of a blood alcohol test are pending, FHP reports.