Minor delays on Highway 60 in Polk County from crash

POLK COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) — The PCSO Traffic Unit is on the scene of a crash involving a car and a semi-truck.

The crash happened around 5:30 Thursday morning on Highway 60 westbound, in front of DOT, between West Main Street and Bonnie Mine Road in Bartow.

A blue 2002 Ford Expedition was heading westbound on Highway 60 West near the 2500 block in Bartow, while a 2000 Mack truck pulling a trailer was heading eastbound, and turning left into the Cedar Trail Landfill.

The rear portion of the trailer was still in the westbound lane as the SUV approached. The  SUV struck it, critically injuring the driver and passenger, 49-year-old Dennett Blue, Jr., of Bartow.

Blue was trauma alerted to Bartow Regional Medical Center, where he later died from his injuries.

The Tampa semi-truck driver, 68-year-old Ariel Soto, was not injured.

One lane, each on Highway 60 eastbound and westbound, is open to traffic.

Officials said the roadway should be clear by noon on Thursday.

This investigation is ongoing. Stay with WFLA News Channel 8 for updates.

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