Head-on crash leaves 3 dead and 3 in serious condition

An accident involving an SUV and a truck in Glades County left three dead and three in serious condition on Wednesday, Nov. 22.

The Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) reported a vehicular accident at approximately 5:35 a.m. that day in which a 2007 Ford Expedition and a 1999 International 4700 truck collided.

Manuel Rodriguez, 31, was the operator of the 1999 International truck, and was killed.

The Ford Expedition was headed south on State Road 29 north of Chaparral Avenue.

The International truck was headed north on State Road 29 north of Chaparral Avenue at the same time as the Ford Expedition. The Ford Expedition crossed into the northbound travel lane, hitting the International truck head-on. Both vehicles skidded around to the northwest and caught on fire.

The Ford Expedition came to a final rest facing northwest on the west shoulder of State Road 29. The International truck came to a final rest facing northwest on the west shoulder of State Road 29, south of the Ford Expedition.

The occupants of the Expedition were able to exit or be removed from the SUV before it was engulfed in flames.

It was reported that Manuel Rodriguez was trapped inside his vehicle and died.

A passenger in the truck, J. Nicholas Rodriguez, 71, was reported dead, and passengers Gloria Rodriguez, 62, Jeanette Alvarado, 29, and Alfredo Rodriguez, 41, were reported to be in serious condition. All occupants of the vehicle were from Immokalee.

The name of the driver of the Ford Expedition was not released because the family had not yet been notified.

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