4 killed when cars burst into flames following Gainesville head-on crash

4 killed when cars burst into flames following Gainesville head-on crash

SARASOTA, Fla. (WWSB) - Four people died following a fiery crash in Gainesville, Florida early Saturday morning.

Gainesville Fire Rescue were called to the scene on SW Williston Road around 4:30am for a head-on collision involving two vehicles. Troopers say the driver of a Toyota Highlander was driving south in the northbound lanes and collided head-on with a Ford Expedition.

The Toyota Highlander burst into flames and the fire spread to the Expedition.

Crews worked quickly to extinguish the blaze and remove the victims from the vehicles.

The driver of the Toyota Highlander was killed. His identity has not been released.

The driver of the Ford Expedition, 54-year-old Jerry Leffert Jr. of Archer, Fla., was killed, as were his passengers, 75-year-old James Sweet and 72-year-old Linda Sweet, both of Archer, Fla. A fourth passenger, 54-year-old Theresa Leffert of Archer, Fla., was taken to Shands Hospital with serious injuries.

Florida Highway Patrol continues to investigate the accident.

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