1 dead, multiple injured in 5-vehicle crash in DeSoto County

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A five-vehicle crash in DeSoto County has left one person dead and several others injured.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, a tow truck towing a trailer was traveling north on County Road 769, south of County Road 760, at around 11:30 a.m., Wednesday.

An SUV was traveling south on CR-769, approaching the tow truck, and a pickup truck was traveling north on CR-769, behind the tow truck.

A second pickup truck, towing a trailer, was traveling south on CR-769, behind the SUV. A third pickup truck was traveling south on CR-769 behind the second pickup truck.

The trailer portion of the tow truck became detached, entered the southbound lane in front of the approaching SUV and collided with it.

After the initial collision, all three pickup trucks were additionally involved. The sequence of these collisions remains under investigation.

The driver of the SUV, a 54-year-old Arcadia woman, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the first pickup truck, a 52-year-old Largo woman, sustained serious injuries and was transported to an area hospital, and several other vehicle occupants were likewise transported for minor injuries.

The crash remains under investigation.

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