Two men dead after car flies into retention pond

TARPON SPRINGS, Fla. - A Tarpon Springs officer was checking on a nearby business when he heard a loud boom just around 3 a.m. Saturday.

When he ran to investigate what made the sound he discovered down power lines across Martin Luther King Jr. and Highway U.S. 19. The officer tried to stop oncoming traffic, but two vehicle failed to see his efforts.

The two cars hit the power lines sending one driver to Florida North Hospital with minor injuries and damaging both vehicles.

Duke Energy was called to the scene to mend the down power lines and poles.

Upon further investigation the officer learned from a nearby McDonald's employee that they had witnessed a  red car go airborne into a retention pond just after they heard the boom. Both had been traveling northbound on U.S. 19. The one vehicle flew over a six foot barbed wire fence into the retention pond.

While energy crews worked to repair the down power lines the body of a man was found next to one of the poles. Police are unclear if the deceased was a passenger of one of the airborne vehicles, or a pedestrian. 

Tarpon Springs police divers searched the pond for any other bodies that may have been in the submerged in the vehicle.

They soon found a deceased passenger buckled into the passenger side of the submerged truck.

Police are still working to identify the two men who were found dead at the scene.

It is unclear what caused the crash at this time.


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