Winter Haven, FL (September 8, 2018) - Authorities are investigating after a wrong-way crash killed one person early Saturday morning. Around 2:30 am, the Florida Highway Patrol responded to a crash involving two vehicles on the Polk Parkway. The crash took place in the eastbound lanes of the parkway.
Based on initial reports, one vehicle was traveling the wrong way and struck another vehicle in head-on fashion. The crash resulted in fatal injuries to at least one person. There is no word on whether any other injuries occurred or how many additional individuals were involved in the crash.
FHP troopers have closed the eastbound lanes of Polk Parkway while an investigation remains ongoing. There is no information at this time on why the driver was traveling in the wrong direction.
Nearly 3,000 fatal crashes occurred on Florida roadways in 2016. When a fatal crash happens, a complete investigation is undertaken by officers at the scene. In this accident, police will seek to determine what caused the driver to travel the wrong way. Police will first seek to determine if impairment may have played a role. They will also look at other factors before coming to a conclusion.
Our thoughts are with the family of the deceased victim in this crash. We will update this story should any additional information become available.
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