UPDATE (01-18-19): FHP says the left rear tire on the SUV blew out just before the car veered off the road.
The driver and man who died have both been identified as Mount Dora residents, per the initial FHP report. It also notes that the man who died was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.
Troopers have not released updates on the other people involved.
Anyone who witnessed the crash is urged to call FHP at 407-737-2213.
Earlier reporting below.
Deltona, FL – Around 12 hours after a fatal accident shut down one of DeLand’s main roads, another is causing traffic problems on both sides of Interstate 4.
The Florida Highway Patrol says it happened just before 7:00 this morning (January 18th) on the eastbound side of Mile Marker 105, just east of the U.S. 17/92 exit in Seminole County.
FHP Lieutenant Kim Montes tells us there were five people inside a 2002 GMC sport utility vehicle when it left the roadway for some reason and struck a tree.
“A male passenger was ejected and pronounced deceased on scene,” Montes added. “The driver received minor injuries and is on scene talking to investigators.”
The other three occupants inside were transported to Central Florida Regional Hospital in Sanford. One of them is in critical condition, per Montes.
The eastbound right lane was blocked by investigators for hours.