According to a news release from the Florida Highway Patrol, a 2015 Ford Explorer going north crossed the center line of the highway and struck almost head-on with a 2021 Nissan Frontier.
According to the FHP, three of the SUV's six passengers, including girls aged 1 and 12, as well as its 20-year-old female driver, suffered fatal injuries.
In addition, a 56-year-old lady died. According to the FHP, the three further passengers—girls and women aged 5, 22, and 31—were in critical condition.
According to the FHP, it's unknown why the SUV veered over the road. The incident took place at 9:22 p.m. on SR-39 in Hillsborough County, roughly 25 miles northeast of Tampa and north of Plant City.
The pickup truck, which was in the southbound lane after the mishap and had no lights illuminating it, was struck by a tractor-trailer after the original collision, according to the news release.
The 53-year-old pickup truck driver was killed at the scene, according to the FHP. According to the highway patrol, the 1-year-old passed away at a local hospital.