TRAFFIC ALERT: Crash closes portion of Hwy 27 | News
Haines City, Florida -- Update: At approximately 1:15 this afternoon, the Haines City Police Department investigated a five-vehicle traffic crash which resulted in a fatality, and the closure of Highway 27 North at Old Polk City Road.
The traffic crash, according to police, involved three semi tractor trailer trucks and two passenger vehicles.
Haines City Police released additional information post investigation, which revealed that a 2002 Freightliner driven by Johnny Jose Fernandez Santos, 45, of Orlando, failed to stop at a light and rear ended a Jeep Wrangler.
Frank Reid, 51, of Brandon, was driving the Jeep.
Police say the impact caused the Jeep Wrangler to rear end a Nissan Altima, driven by Andrew Jimenez, 36, of Kissimmee.
Both vehicles were forced underneath a 2008 Freightliner semi tractor trailer, driven by Charles Reberry, 36, from Kansas.
HCPD tells us the impact from the Jeep and the Altima caused the Freightliner to rear end a 2007 Peterbuilt semi tractor trailer operated by Luton McKenzie, 49, from Winter Haven.
According to police, the Jeep Wrangler, Nissan Altima, 2008 Freightliner, and the 2007 Peterbuilt were stopped at the red light in the middle lane, headed northbound on Highway 27 at the time of the crash.
The drivers of the three tractor trailers did not receive any reported injuries during the crash.
Andrew Jimenez, along with two juvenile passengers in the Nissan Altima, were treated and released with minor injuries from the Heart of Florida Hospital and Arnold Palmer Hospital.
Police say Frank Reid, the driver of the Jeep, died as a result of injuries sustained in the crash.
They have since announced that all five vehicles were towed from the scene, and Highway 27 northbound has since been reopened.
The investigation continues and charges are pending completion of the investigation.