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Lake City motorists dead, child injured in crash at US 90 interchange

Edward Taylor (center) removed the 3-year-old from the wrecked car shortly after the accident.

Edward Taylor (center) removed the 3-year-old from the wrecked car shortly after the accident.

Two Lake City motorists were killed today and a 3-year-old boy seriously injured in a two-vehicle collision at the I-10 interchange with U.S. 90, a location known for serious wrecks.

A bystander who saw the accident, Edward Taylor, also of Lake City, said he removed the boy, Bentley Bennett, from the 2002 Ford Taurus involved in the crash. The boy was flown to UF Health of Jacksonville, formerly Shands, by TraumaOne with a teddy bear in his arms.

The Ford’s driver, Richard Owen Ratliff, 60, and Anne Rykard Ratliff, 58, were dead at the scene. The Lake City Reporter editor Robert Bridges said Mrs. Ratliff worked for the newspaper as a contractor.

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By Ed Hall

By Ed Hall

FDOT ROAD CLOSURES APRIL 13-19

State Road 121  Daytime lane closures Monday and Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. between Macclenny and the Georgia line to clean out the ditches. Also, daytime lane closures Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. between Macclenny and the Union County line for work on the shoulders.

US 90  Daytime lane closures next Friday (April 19) from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. between the Columbia County line and Sanderson to take roadway samples.

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