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Okeechobee Man Killed In Crash That Shut Down US 27 In South Bay

SOUTH BAY, Fla. — A deadly crash shut down the southbound lanes of U.S. 27 in South Bay for several hours.

According to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, a man was killed after two tractor-trailers and another car collided near Main Street. Drivers had to take Canal Street or Evercane Road as alternate routes.

A man of Tampa was heading north in a tractor-trailer on U.S. 27 around dawn, the sheriff’s office said. He failed to stay in the same lane and drifted onto the right grass shoulder.

However, he overcorrected and crossed two lanes of traffic before mounting the median and crossing southbound traffic, according to the sheriff’s office. Two other vehicles, including another tractor-trailer driven by a 37-year-old man of Okeechobee, crashed into the man’s vehicle.

He separated his tractor from his semi-trailer before coming to a stop on the west side grass shoulder, the sheriff’s office said. The other driver’s vehicle came to a stop on the southbound lane while the third vehicle ended up mounted on the median.

He died at the scene while the driver of the third vehicle was taken to St. Mary’s Medical Center with minor injuries.

The first driver wasn’t injured.

Comments:

Attorney Jason Weisser of Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller and Overbeck responded about the crash.  “Cases involving accidents with tractor trailers are always subject to heightened scrutiny because of the additional regulations placed on drivers of those vehicles. Unfortunately, in our practice, we have seen numerous instances where drivers blatantly violate these regulations, which results in catastrophic consequences.”

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