Saturday, December 16, 2017
Public safety

Nine vehicles, one fatality in series of Polk County crashes

POLK COUNTY — A man was killed and another person critically injured in a series of crashes involving nine vehicles early Tuesday on U.S. 27 near Lake Wales, according to Polk County Sheriff's Office reports.

The crashes happened shortly before 5 a.m. in low visibility possibly due to fog and smoke from a nearby controlled burn, according to the Sheriff's Office.

Remnant smoke from a burn of 60 acres about 1.5 miles away on Monday and dense fog was reported in the area of the crashes around 4:53 a.m., Sheriff Grady Judd told Bay News 9.

Around 4:55 a.m. the Sheriff's Office got a call about a crash on U.S. 27, just south of Warner University.

Deputies found three separate crashes involving nine vehicles in the north and south lanes.

In the limited visibility, a semitrailer truck traveling carrying cheese south on U.S. 27 crossed the median into the opposite lane and struck a silver Ford Expedition and a motorcycle.

The motorcyclist, Frederick Wood, 47 of Frostproof died at the scene. He was not wearing a helmet.

The driver of the Expedition, Kevin Erb, 52, of Avon Park, was taken to a local hospital in critical condition.

Four vehicles, including a white Chrysler minivan, a sliver Toyota RAV-4, a burgundy Dodge Charger and a white Ford pickup truck, were all involved in a second crash in the northbound lane just south of the semi crash. All of the people in these vehicles were hospitalized, but no one was seriously injured.

Two more vehicles — a green Mitsubishi and a burgundy Ford Taurus — were involved in a third crash in the southbound lanes. Nobody was injured.

U.S. 27 was closed in both directions for several hours in the crash.

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