Florida res­i­dents were I-95 fa­tal­i­ties

State Po­lice said the driver of the car was wear­ing his seat belt, but those in the SUV were not; car driver’s wife was fol­low­ing in an­other vehicle

The Progress-Index Weekend - - FRONT PAGE - By Bill Atkin­son As­sis­tant Edi­tor

All three of the vic­tims killed in a two-car crash Wed­nes­day on In­ter­state 95 in Prince Ge­orge County have been iden­ti­fied as Florida res­i­dents, state po­lice said Thurs­day night.

State Po­lice Sgt. Keeli Hill said Eric G. Estes, 38, of Olds­mar, Fla., was driv­ing north­bound on I-95 near the Car­son truck scales around 2 p.m. when his car veered across the me­dian and into the path of a sports-util­ity vehicle driven by Gary K. Lilly, 70, of The Vil­lages, Fla. Estes, Lilly and the pas­sen­ger in the SUV, 70-year-old El­iz­a­beth L. Lilly, died at the scene.

Hill said Estes was wear­ing his seat belt. The Lillys were not.

Ac­cord­ing to Hill, Estes' wife was fol­low­ing him in an­other vehicle and wit­nessed the crash.

South­bound traf­fic was snarled for al­most three hours while emer­gency re­spon­ders tended to the scene. Mo­torists were di­verted off I-95 at the Car­son exit onto U.S. Route 301 south, then back onto I-95 at the St. John Church Road exit three miles from the crash site.

Hill said the in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the cause of the crash is on­go­ing.

The speed limit along that stretch of I-95 is 65 mph.

Iron­i­cally, that stretch of south­bound I-95 was the scene of a second ac­ci­dent a day later. Hill said a trac­tor­trailer haul­ing noo­dles ran off the left side of the road and into some trees about a mile south of the Car­son exit. No one was in­jured in that crash, but traf­fic was de­layed while the scene was cleared. An in­ves­ti­ga­tion into that­ac­ci­dent is on­go­ing.

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