Three seriously injured, one child dead after car crashes into tree
PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) -
correction: The driver was 33 years old.
A child is dead and three others are injured after a car crashed into a tree, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
Troopers report on Saturday around 1:30 p.m., a driver and three passengers were in a car traveling west on U.S. Highway 90 in Jackson County near Harner Lane.
Authorities said for unknown reasons, the car swerved off the road, through a ditch, and then crashed into a large tree.
They said the 33-year-old driver and two of the passengers, a 13-year-old and a 4-year-old were taken to a local hospital.
FHP said the driver and 13-year-old suffered serious injuries, while the 4-year-old suffered critical injuries.
Troopers report the fourth passenger, a 7-year-old, was pronounced dead at the scene despite life-saving efforts from bystanders.
Officials said the driver and passengers were all wearing their seatbelts or child restraints, and their next of kin have been notified.
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