Sebring Man Dies in Collision, US 27 Closed for Hours

 

Last updated 12/1/2023 at 10:50pm

Courtesy Polk County Sheriff's Office

A 2017 GMC Sierra pickup truck was crushed by the impact with a tractor-trailer rig, seen in the background of this photo taken Monday night at US 27 and Harbor Drive south of Lake Wales.

A Sebring man was killed on US 27 Monday night after failing to slow for a truck making a U-turn at Harbor Drive.

Polk County Deputies and Fire Rescue personnel were dispatched to the crash around 7:21pm, according to a police report. First responders found the driver of the GMC deceased in his vehicle.

The two-vehicle crash left the driver of the semi-truck, a 34-year old Ocala man, uninjured.

PCSO Traffic Homicide Investigations responded to the crash and began collecting witness statements and examining evidence, determining that the white 2007 Freightliner semi-truck with a loaded trailer was making a U-turn from southbound US 27 to travel northbound. The GMC pickup was traveling north in the outside lane when it collided with the semi-truck's trailer. Both drivers were wearing their seat belts at the time of the crash, but that failed to save the driver of the pickup truck as the cab was crushed by the impact.

Northbound lanes of US 27 remained closed for about four hours Monday night, but the investigation remains ongoing.

PCSO detectives are still trying to locate and notify next of kin for the driver of the GMC pickup who was a resident of Sebring.

 

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