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Polk Sheriff Investigating Early Morning Fatal Crash On Hwy 98

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Polk County Sheriff’s Office Press Release

Around 3:10 a.m. on Wednesday, June 26, 2019, the PCSO ECC received a call in reference to a crash involving a 2006 green Hyundai Santa Fe and a blue Freightliner semi tractor-trailer on US Hwy 98 North, near Keen Road.


Preliminary information indicates that the driver of the Hyundai, 44-year-old Jason Faust of Zephyrhills, was seen by witnesses driving southbound and swerving just prior to crossing over the center line where he was struck head-on by the semi that was traveling northbound. He was declared deceased on-scene and he was the sole occupant of his vehicle.

The semi driver, 66-year-old Victor Arriaga, was not injured.

The roadway is still shut down in that area, between Keen Road and Rockridge Road, due to the semi needing to be towed, and a diesel spill. We will advise via Facebook and Twitter when the road is reopened.

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