Woman dies after accident

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By The Staff

A Chiefland woman is dead as the result of an accident on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. on Northwest 55th Avenue, two miles north of County Road 330, according to a Florida Highway Patrol press release. 

Jo-Ann Braswell Bailey, 66, died at Shands Hospital at the University of Florida in Gainesville.

She was driving a 2003 Pontiac mini-van southbound on Northwest 55th Avenue as William A. Graden, 28, of Chiefland was attempting to back a 1997 Freightliner semi and flatbed from the northbound lane into a driveway. 

The trailer was across the southbound lane when the front of the mini-van  collided with the trailer.

Graden and his passenger, Wanda M. Graden, 41, of Chiefland, were not injured. They were wearing seatbelts at the timeof the accident.

The investigation by Trooper M. Velez is continuing and the FHP is awaiting the results of an alcohol test on William Graden. 

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