PCSO Press Release
The East bound lanes of Highway 60 East of Bartow are now open. Traffic is flowing through the area in both directions, though please use caution. PCSO investigated a fatal crash (single vehicle, 1 fatality) on Highway 60 at Hadden Road East of Bartow that occurred around 6:00 a.m. East bound lanes were shut down until approximately 11:20 a.m. East bound traffic was detoured around the crash. West bound lanes remained open.
Crash information: at approximately 6:00 a.m. this morning, Friday, May 11, a single vehicle crash occurred on SR 60 near Hadden Lane, Alturas. Polk County Fire/Medics and Southeast District Patrol responded to render aid. Upon arrival the drver was determined to be deceased at the scene. No other vehicles were involved and no other victims were located.
The vehicle, a 2016, Hino Commercial flatbed truck was hauling metal building supplies at the time of the crash. Witness statements and evidence at the scene indicated that the truck was eastbound on SR 60 near Hadden Lane, when it drifted off the inside (left) lane into the grass median. The driver appears to have overcorrected, at which time the truck lost traction and began to slide and rotate as it travelled southeast across both eastbound lanes of SR 60. The truck travelled onto the south shoulder where it rolled over onto the roof. The cab of the vehicle collapsed, pinning the driver and causing fatal injuries. There is no evidence any other vehicles were involved.
The driver was not seat belted and the truck was not equipped with airbags. There are no obvious indications of what may have contributed to the crash. Impairment does not appear to be a factor at this time. The investigation is Here’s the driver information…
The victim has been identified as 27 Yr Old
Derek Thomas Fowler Of Thonotosassa, Florida.