Payne in a 1996 Mac truck was traveling west on SR 80. Another vehicle, what the Florida Highway Patrol called a phantom vehicle was traveling east on SR80. The phantom vehicle veered into the westbound lane and the truck made an evasive movement to the north shoulder to avoid striking the second vehicle.
The truck ran off the road way and overturned onto its right side, on the north shoulder and came to a final rest on the north shoulder, on its right side, facing west, said FHP Trooper Y. D. Valle,
Payne was taken to Lee Memorial Hospital in serious condition.