One dead after semi-truck runs red light on US 98 in Lakeland

LAKELAND, Fla. — One person is dead after their vehicle was hit by a semi-truck that ran a red light on Thursday afternoon in Lakeland, police say.

According to the Polk County Sheriff's Office, around 2:45 p.m., a semi-truck belonging to Saddle Creek Corp was heading northbound on US 98 when it struck a silver Nissan Altima that was heading eastbound on Rockridge Road that had just entered the intersection.



PCSO says that the driver of the Nissan, 59-year-old Charles Kimbrough, Jr., had a green light and the right-of-way. Deputies say that the driver of the semi, Charles Ervin, 41, of Valdosta, Georgia, failed to stop at the red light. Kimbrough was declared deceased on-scene.

The semi proceeded into the nearby gas station parking lot after impact and flipped onto its side.

The roadway in that area was shut down for approximately 4 hours. The investigation is ongoing.

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