St. PETERSBURG TIMES---HERNANDO EDITION

Four-truck wreck leaves four injured

The accident involving two dump trucks and two semis closed Yontz and Cobb roads for hours, and about 100 gallons of fuel spilled.

By JENNIFER LIBERTO
St. Petersburg Times
published December 13, 2002
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BROOKSVILLE -- Four men were injured in a four-truck accident Thursday morning at Cobb and Yontz roads, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

At least one man was flown to St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa, and the others were taken by ambulance initially to Brooksville Regional Hospital, emergency medical technicians at the scene said.

As of Thursday evening, the FHP had not disclosed the men's names.

However, Robert Busacca, owner of B.T. Transport in Brooksville, said two of the trucks involved in the accident were driven by his employees. Ron Krna and Joe Keene, both of Brooksville, were injured and flown to Tampa hospitals, Busacca said.

Krna was treated Thursday at St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa and released, said spokeswoman Kristin Howells. Condition reports on others involved in the crash were not available Thursday evening.

The accident occurred about 10:30 a.m. when a white dump truck traveling east on Yontz Road, north of Brooksville, pulled out from a stop sign in front of a white semitrailer truck hauling rock, which was traveling south on Cobb Road, according to an FHP report. The two trucks hit each other.

Then the semi collided head-on with a red dump truck carrying asphalt, and the semi then jackknifed, the report said. The red dump truck, which Busacca owns, turned over on its driver's side and came to rest, spilling asphalt onto Cobb Road.

A fourth vehicle, a blue semitrailer truck hauling rock, was traveling south on Cobb behind the white semi and swerved to avoid colliding with the other three trucks, the report said.

It crossed into the northbound lane of Cobb, veered off the road and collided with a power line, snapping it into three pieces. The blue semi lay overturned on its driver's side, on the east shoulder of the road.

The accident closed Yontz Road for six hours; Cobb Road was closed for two hours, according to the Highway Patrol. About 100 gallons of diesel fuel was spilled onto the roadway in the accident, according to Rescue Chief Larry Nichols of Hernando County Fire Rescue.