News: Driver killed in wrong-way collision on U.S. 27 in Polk County

FROSTPROOF, FL – A wrong-way collision between a car and a pickup truck in Polk County last Thursday night claimed the life of one of the drivers, according to the Daily Ridge.

Investigators determined that 75-year-old Everett Lucas, behind the wheel of a Ford F-450 truck pulling a trailer, was going southbound in the northbound lanes of U.S. 27 at Harvard Avenue near Frostproof. At about 8:50 p.m., his vehicle crashed head-on into a Toyota Corolla driven by 54-year-old Wendell Green. Green, of Babson Park, was found dead in his car by deputies and rescue crews.

Lucas, a resident of Niles, Michigan, was not injured in the crash. According to the report, Lucas told detectives he had just turned onto U.S. 27 prior to the accident and thought he was driving in the correct lane.

The highway was shut down to traffic in both directions for about four hours while the crash was investigated.

When a wrong-way driver is involved in a motor vehicle accident, it can increase the chances of serious damage, injuries, and death. If you have been injured or lost a loved one due to a reckless wrong-way driver, a Polk County Car Accident Lawyer at Kemp, Ruge and Green Law Group can guide you through the legal process and fight for you to receive maximum possible compensation after the tragic accident. Call us today at 727-325-5512 to request your free consultation.

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