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UPDATE: Highway 98 in Franklin Co. reopens after deadly crash

GENERIC — Franklin County Sheriff's Office logo and crime scene tape
GENERIC — Franklin County Sheriff's Office logo and crime scene tape(MGN)
Published: May. 6, 2022 at 12:51 PM EDT
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FRANKLIN COUNTY, Fla. (WCTV) - Highway 98 reopened Friday afternoon, five hours after it was shut down by a head-on collision.

Florida Highway Patrol says an SUV and a pickup collided a little before eleven Friday morning, about two miles east of State Road 65.

Investigators say the driver of the SUV veered off the edge of the road, then over-corrected, driving into the oncoming lane, slamming into the pickup coming the other way.

Troopers say the SUV driver, a 27 year old woman from Eastpoint, was killed. The driver of the pickup, a 17 year old from Bristol, suffered serious injuries. An 85-year-old passenger in the pickup had minor injuries, according to FHP.

Sheriff A.J. Smith called the crash “horrific” and reminded drivers to be cautious.

“These roads are narrow, they’re not made to drive over the speed limit. Please pay attention to what you’re doing,” Smith said in a Facebook post.

The Florida Highway Patrol says troopers were assisted at the scene by the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, Eastpoint Fire Department, and St. George Island Fire Department.

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