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ALACHUA - A Thursday afternoon accident near Santa Fe High School sent a High Springs husband and wife to an area hospital.
The accident occurred at the intersection of U.S. Highway 441 and County Road 235A, just minutes after school was released. No students were involved.
According to preliminary reports, Alexandria Nieland, 19, of Lake City, Fla., was attempting to make a left turn off of U.S. 441 and onto C.R. 235A. As she began to proceed across the northbound lane of U.S. 441, she apparently struck the side of a vehicle being driven by Phyllis Brenemen, 63, of High Springs.
Nieland reportedly told police that she was unable to see Brenemen due to a tractor trailer in the opposing left turn lane.
Nieland's 2010 silver Pontiac sedan received front end damage while Brenemen's 2001 Jeep SUV appears to have been a total loss. Brenemen, traveling at an estimated 45 m.p.h., lost control as her Jeep was clipped by the Pontiac. The Jeep SUV made a complete flip, coming to rest on its tires.
Brenemen and her husband, William Brenemen, also 63, were injured in the accident. Phyllis Brenemen could only be pulled from the Jeep after rescue workers used the Jaws of Life to rip the driver door from the vehicle. Both William and Phyllis Brenemen were transported to Shands hospital via ambulance. They sustained nonlife-threatening injuries according to Alachua Police Department (APD) spokesman Jessie Sandusky.
Nieland did not appear injured.
Both vehicles were towed from the intersection. Traffic was snarled for much of Thursday afternoon as a result of the accident.
According to authorities, Nieland is expected to be cited with the accident.