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Silver Springs man killed after fiery crash on SR 40

A 63-year-old man was killed yesterday along State Road 40 after his car crashed into parked vehicles, a tree, and a building before becoming engulfed in flames.

The fatal accident took place near the intersection of State Road 40 and NE 14th Street Road in Silver Springs just before 8 p.m. on Monday, June 10.

According to a report from the Florida Highway Patrol, the man was traveling west on State Road 40 “at a high rate of speed” when he “failed to negotiate a curve towards the left.”

The man’s vehicle exited the roadway, entered the north grass shoulder, and then struck three vehicles in the parking lot of the Forest Veterinary Clinic. The vehicles were parked and unoccupied, according to FHP.

After striking the vehicles, the sedan struck a tree and overturned into a building before catching fire.

Marion County Fire Rescue units responded to the scene a short time thereafter and found the driver trapped in the vehicle, which was “fully engulfed in flames.”

Car bursts into flames after accident on SR 40
Car bursts into flames after accident on SR 40 (Photo: User submitted)

According to MCFR, a “large column of smoke” could be seen emanating from the scene at least “1 mile away.”

The driver was declared deceased at around 8:05 p.m., around seven minutes after emergency crews first arrived on the scene.

According to MCFR, the 3,000-square-foot structure caught fire in the attic area and flames continued to spread through the building.

Marion County Fire Rescue crews took a fire under control after it spread from a vehicle to a building in Silver Springs. (Photo: Marion County Fire Rescue)
Marion County Fire Rescue crews took a fire under control after it spread from a vehicle to a building in Silver Springs. (Photo: Marion County Fire Rescue)

No one was found inside the building and the structure fire was eventually brought under control less than an hour later at around 8:54 PM.

The cause of the vehicle accident is under investigation by the Florida Highway Patrol, while the State Fire Marshal’s office is investigating the fire.