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Bad Accident On 17/92 In Haines City Blocks Roadway For A Few Hours

HAINES CITY, FL. – At approximately 3:24 p.m. yesterday, the Haines City Police Department responded to a significant traffic accident involving multiple vehicles at the intersection of Highway 17-92 and Highway 27. The incident, caused by erratic driving, led to the closure of the westbound lanes and required a coordinated response from both police and fire services.

The driver, operating a 2022 Ram truck eastbound on Highway 17-92, lost control of his vehicle, crossed the median into oncoming traffic, and caused a chain-reaction collision. The vehicle first struck a 2011 Toyota, then collided with a 2016 Chevy pickup truck towing a trailer. The truck sideswiped a 2022 Dodge Stratus before flipping over and coming to a stop on its roof, blocking all westbound lanes. Debris from the crash also damaged a 2003 Ford.

The Haines City Fire Department’s Engine 2 and Battalion Chief 1 arrived on the scene, finding two vehicles with significant damage. Contrary to initial reports, the driver was not entrapped in his truck but sustained injuries and was transported to a local trauma center. Another driver involved in the accident was treated for minor injuries and transported to a local hospital by Polk County Fire Rescue.

“Today’s incident underscores the dangers of reckless driving,” said Police Chief Greg Goreck. “Our officers responded rapidly to ensure the safety of all involved and to reopen the road as quickly as possible. We remind all drivers to stay vigilant when driving as you never know when an incident like this may occur.”

Fire Chief Drew Neubrand highlighted the prompt response and coordination of the crews on scene. “Our firefighters worked seamlessly with Polk County Fire Rescue and Haines City Police Department to manage the chaotic scene and provide immediate medical attention to those involved. The efficiency and professionalism displayed today ensured that the situation was handled swiftly and safely,” said Neubrand.

The driver of the 2022 Ram Truck has been cited for careless driving and driving on the wrong side of the road. Three out of the five vehicles involved were towed from the scene due to severe damage.

The Haines City Police Department continues to investigate the incident.

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Carl Fish

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