Man dies following a crash on U.S. 17 in Orange Park

CLAY COUNTY, Fla. — Family is mourning a man who died a few hours after a crash that shutdown U.S. 17 in Orange Park.

Troopers tell Action News Jax 54-year-old Michael Cummings suffered cardiac arrest before he crashed into a pickup truck.

FHP said their troopers got a call around 7:30 a.m. on Monday.

They say Cummings of Fleming Island suffered a medical emergency that caused him to lose control of his van.

FHP tells us he swerved from the northbound lanes into the southbound lanes of U.S. 17. where he struck a pick up struck.

Despite having CPR on the scene Cummings died later   at the hospital.

Dale Spaulding works at the Island View Child Care Center.

That crash happened right in front of her business.

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“It’s a sad situation and I feel for the family. Our condolences go out to the family,” said Spaulding.

Doctors told troopers Cummings likely died of cardiac arrest and not the crash.

They also say the driver in the pick-up truck walked away without getting hurt.

According to the National Traffic Highway Safety Administration drivers 65 and older are more likely to suffer a medical emergency.

A study published by NTHSA in 2010 also found that seizures are the most common medical emergency when it comes to driving followed by black outs.