110 W. New York Ave.
DeLand, FL 32720
By Joe Crews
posted Aug 13, 2013 - 10:20:38am
Traffic was snarled for several hours on the westbound lanes of Interstate 4 Monday morning, Aug. 12, because of a single-car accident near the State Road 472 exit, the Florida Highway Patrol reported.
Shortly after 10 a.m., a pickup truck driven by Linda Schoner, 64 of DeLand, left the roadway "for an unknown reason," FHP James Terrell said. The vehicle hit a sign on the shoulder of the road, then continued across the westbound lanes and hit a guardrail in the median.
As the truck spun 180 degrees, the passenger, 53-year-old Greg Prager of Sanford, was thrown out of the vehicle, Terrell said.
According to the crash report, both Schoner, who was wearing a seat belt, and Prager, who was not, sustained minor injuries and were airlifted to Halifax Health Medical Center in Daytona Beach.
However, troopers kept the road closed for two hours because Schoner's injuries were initially considered possibly fatal, which would have led to a traffic homicide investigation, said FHP spokeswoman Sgt. Kim Montes.
Troopers reopened the highway at 12:45 p.m. when they learned her injuries were not as serious as feared, Montes said.
A hospital spokeswoman said Schoner was admitted and listed in serious but stable condition. However, Tangela Boyd said Prager apparently was not admitted by late Monday afternoon, so she didn't have his condition.
The crash remains under investigation and charges, if any, are pending, Trooper Terrell said.
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