One Confirmed Dead After Truck Collides with Van – UPDATE
BROOKSVILLE – One person is confirmed dead and another injured, after a water truck collided with a cargo van at the intersection of Cortez Blvd and I-75.
There are unconfirmed reports that a White Ford E-350 was struck broad side by the water truck as it exited the interstate.
The deceased male victim’s identity has not been released, pending notification of next of kin.
The driver of the water truck was injured but his condition is unknown at this time.
RNRF is withholding certain details regarding the driver’s identity until officials release a full report.
UPDATE:5/29/2015, 12:39 P.M. – Initial reports that the van was struck broadside were incorrect. According to and official report provided by the Florida Highway Patrol, the water truck driven by 46-year-old Adrian Mezini was stopped on the northbound exit ramp of I-75. A van driven by 57-year-old Simeon Ramnath was also exiting the interstate and failed to stop. As a result, the van collided with the rear of the water truck, killing Ramnath.
Mezini suffered minor injuries and was transported to Bayfront Health Brooksville for treatment.
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