1 killed when trucks crash in Polk

A crash between two trucks killed a man in Polk County.

POLK COUNTY, Fla (WFLA) — A crash between two trucks killed a man in Polk County on Friday morning.

Around 5:50 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 19, 2016, a semi-tractor trailer hauling sand was heading westbound on Deen Still Road, just west of Moore Road, when a white Ford utility truck heading eastbound crossed the center line and struck the trailer portion of the semi.

The semi driver, 53-year-old Octavio Santana-Colon of 2407 North Combee Rd in Lakeland, swerved in an attempt to avoid the truck, over corrected, and the semi flipped on its side. He was uninjured. Diesel fuel from the truck’s tanks, and sand from the trailer, are on the roadway and in the process of being cleaned off at this time.

The pickup truck driver, 30-year-old Keith Lawson of 2040 Creekwood Run in Lakeland, was airlifted to Lakeland Regional Health with critical injuries. He is stable at this time and expected to recover.

The semi belongs to Santana & Melendez trucking. The Ford truck is a utility truck that belongs to Greg Wood Roofing.

As of 10:30 a.m. on Friday morning, roads in the area were closed so detectives could investigate the crash. The roads were expected to remain closed for about two hours.

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