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Fatal crash closes U.S. 27

Southbound lanes of U.S. 27 are blocked between Scenic Highway and the Avon Park Cut Off Road South, near the Highlands/Polk County line, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office reports.

The northbound lanes are open.

The blockage is due to a fatal traffic crash investigation involving a tractor-trailer and an agricultural tractor.

The driver of the tractor is deceased at the scene, according to the report. The driver of the tractor-trailer has been taken to Florida Hospital Heartland.

The traffic crash occurred around 10:30 a.m. this morning.

Motorists are advised to avoid the area if possible (south bound travel), the Polk County Sheriff’s Office advises.

The Florida Department of Transportation is diverting southbound traffic. Motorists are asked to follow detour signs in the area.