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Deadly US 27 Crash Caused by Smoke and Fog

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Bay News 9

There's been a deadly vehicle pile up on US Highway 27, in Polk County around the Lake Wales area.

Police say one person is dead, and several are injured in the 9-vehicle crash.

Around 5 this morning, a truck  traveling southbound crossed the median and hit an SUV. Then, motorcyclist Frederick Wood of Frostproof crashed into them and was killed.

Bay News 9's Trevor Pettiford described the scene:

"I've gotten down to the middle of the scene and I'm close up with all the vehicles involved in the crash and I can tell you it looks like the parking lot of a junkyard, really."

Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said blamed a dense fog and smoke from a controlled burn a mile away.

This is the second big accident in our region so far this year involving smoke and fog.

Something similar happened in January. That's when 10 people died after a series of wrecks on I-75 near Gainesville. Officials blamed smoke and fog for reducing visibility to almost zero.