FHP: 3 dead in crash near Palatka

PALATKA — The Florida Highway Patrol says three people in a sports utility vehicle died after it pulled in front of a tractor-trailer.

The Florida Times Union reports 45-year-old Tony Kinlaw was attempting to pull out of a gas station onto U.S. 17 just north of Palatka on Sunday afternoon when the crash occurred.

Troopers say truck driver Andrew Eugene McCoy swerved but couldn't avoid hitting the SUV. The vehicle was pushed across the median and into the southbound lanes, where it turned over and came to rest on its roof. Kinlaw and 55-year-old Bo Dennis Anthony Williams Sr. died at area hospitals. 19-year-old Sabrina Guthrie was dead at the scene.

The FHP says none of the victims were wearing seat belts. McCoy was wearing a seat belt and was not injured.

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