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4 victims identified after head-on crash on Memorial Blvd in Lakeland

LAKELAND, Fla. (WFLA) - Four people are dead and another is in the hospital after a head-on crash in Lakeland.

The crash happened around noon Tuesday on Memorial Boulevard near Holly Road.

Lakeland police say a car crossed over on Memorial Boulevard and hit a truck towing a horse trailer head-on. There was no horse in the trailer at the time of the crash.

A Ford pickup truck driven by Dannel Cantu, 62, was also involved in the crash. He was not taken to a hospital.

Four people from the car were killed. The driver of the truck pulling the trailer, identified as Sanford Meeks Jr., 50, was taken to Lakeland Regional Health as a precaution, as was his passenger, Sanford Meeks Jr., 24.

William McClelland, 50, Lisa Vorholzer, 54, and Linda Henson, 66, were pronounced dead at the scene.

Ernest Manley, 88, was taken to Lakeland Regional Health, where he later died of his injuries.

The crash shut down the eastbound and westbound lanes of Memorial Boulevard at Holly Road for several hours. It has since reopened.


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