Saturday, May 12, 2007

Fatalities In SR80 Morning Crash

LABELLE, FL. -- An early morning crash between two vehicles on State Road 80 east of LaBelle has left an unknown number of fatalities. Hendry County Sheriff's office dispatchers sent out a call to fire rescue, Pioneer first responders, and deputies from both sides of the county to rush to a two vehicle crash, with both vehicles fully engulfed in flames near the Magnolia Packing Plant offices on State Road 80 about two miles east of the Pioneer Shell store.

A Chevrolet Camero was eastbound and crossed into the westbound lane to pass and ran into a Chrysler minivan head on. Both vehicles exploded into flames while both the Camero driver and the minivan driver and a passenger were inside. Victim names have not been released by the FHP.

The call came in about 6:15 a.m. and Hendry deputies were on the scene within about ten minutes to this mid-county location. Units were sent from both Clewiston and LaBelle as this area is at the dividing line between east and west Hendry county fire and rescue services. Visibility was estimated at only about one-half mile in smoke, fog, and haze, most likely a contributor to the crash. The location is near the bend in State Road 80 at Everhigh Acres Road and straddles the Hendry and Glades county line. Florida Highway Patrol had been called but were unavailable.. Two FPL troopers arrived on scene almost two hours later, and took several hours to clear the accident and open the two-lane road to traffic with the crashed vehicles moved out around noon.

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