LABELLE, FL. -- Six men hired to pick palmetto berries were killed in a crash in their van in Glades county at State Road 78 and State Road 29, just north of LaBelle.
Identified are Jose Martin Saavedra, age 35 of Immokalee, the driver of a 1993 Chevrolet van.
Passengers were: Jose Martin Saavedra age 35, Lucas Reyes Flores age 21, Jose Marie Arellano age 68, Rigoberto Reyes Perez age 20, Sergio Saul Zalazer age 21, all of Immokalee.
The crash happened about 6:30 A.M. Monday. The wife of the driver advised FHP that the victims were en route to pick palmetto berries.
Workers are seasonally hired to pick red palmetto berries, most often on private property without landowner permission, especially around the vacant lots of Port LaBelle and Montura.