MOORE HAVEN, FL. -- A 2007 Ford Expedition was southbound on SR-29 north of Chaparral Avenue as a 1999 International truck driven by Manuel Rodriquez, 31 of Immokalee was northbound on SR-29 north of Chaparral Avenue at 5:35 a.m. Wednesday.
The Ford crossed into the northbound travel lane, and the front struck the front of the truck. After impact, both vehicles were redirected to the northwest and caught fire.
Dead is the driver of the Ford along with the driver of the truck and passenger J. Nickolas Rodriquez, 71. Three passengers in the truck had serious injuries: Gloria Rodriguez, 62; Alfredo Rodriquez, 41 and Jeanette Alvarado, 29.
The Ford came to final rest facing northwest on the west shoulder of SR-29 and the truck came to final rest facing northwest on the west shoulder of SR-29 south of it.
The occupants of the Ford were able to exit or be removed from the vehicle before it became fully involved.
The driver of the truck remained entrapped within the vehicle. The identification of the driver of the Ford is pending.
UPDATE: On November 28, the FHP has identified the driver in the Ford as Louis Angel Pena, 22 of Sebring, Fl.