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FHP: 17-year-old driver in deadly crash with semi on State Road 39 near Plant City ran red light

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PLANT CITY, FL (WFLA) -

Florida Highway Patrol troopers released the name of the driver involved in a deadly crash on SR 39 (Paul S. Buchman Highway) and Knights Griffin Road early morning March 15 near Plant City.

The crash happened about 2 a.m. north of Interstate 4, Hillsborough County Fire Rescue firefighters said. They confirmed that Blake Aaron Elrod, 17, of Plant City, driving a Honda Civic, ran a red light at the intersection and rear-ended a semi-trailer. The car slid under the trailer, according to the FHP report.

By the time rescue crews arrived, firefighters said the Honda was engulfed in flames. They said, Elrod died on scene.

The driver of the semi-trailer, Mack O'Dell Toole, 63 of Lakeland, had no injuries, the trailer had some fire damage. It is operated by Davis Transfer. O'Dell Toole did not go to a hospital.

The roadways were open for traffic a few hours after the accident. Investigation is ongoing.

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