Crash involving tractor-trailer kills one in Alachua County

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ALACHUA COUNTY, Fla. (WCJB) - State troopers are investigating a deadly crash involving a pickup truck and a tractor-trailer between Alachua and Newberry. The crash happened Wednesday at around 7:00 a.m. on CR 235 and NW 78th Ave.

"Once our troopers and investigators got on scene," Lt. Patrick Riordan of the Florida Highway Patrol said. "We recognized that we had a pretty serious collision there between a tractor-trailer and a Ford pickup."

Troopers said the driver of the pickup was crossing into the intersection in front of the tractor-trailer when the crash happened.

"From my understanding, the pickup did stop at the stop sign," Lt. Riordan said. "And then he began to go across the intersection and for an unknown reason did not see the oncoming tractor-trailer."

Both trucks veered off onto nearby railroad tracks, where the tractor-trailer carrying rocks ended up on top of the pickup. Crews worked for several hours to clear the scene. Multiple tow trucks eventually pried the tractor-trailer off the pickup and away from the tracks.

Troopers are still working on figuring out the cause of the crash.

"I don't believe it was raining this morning at the time of the crash," Lt. Riordan said. "Certainly we've gotten rain since then, so I don't know that visibility was an issue this morning."

The driver of the tractor-trailer suffered minor injuries.

The driver of the pickup truck—Matthew Miller of DeFuniak Springs—died at the scene. He was not wearing a seatbelt.