According to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office report, at approximately 6:50 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 6, a collision occurred on the eastbound lane of State Road 60, a half-mile past Gandy Cemetery Road, in Bartow.
The collision occurred between a cement mixer and a semi-tractor rock hauler. The cement truck, driven by Obadiah Hadley Jr., Lake Wales, was in the right lane when its engine shut down, causing it to completely lost power and come to a complete stop. It also disabled the brake lights.
At the time, the rock hauler truck, belonging to Florida Transport Services and driven by William Guy Hill, Winter Haven, was at a safe distance. Hill observed the cement truck had stopped, but didn’t have the advantage of brake lights warning him, thus was unable to avoid hitting the cement truck.
Another semi-tractor trailer, also heading eastbound, came upon the crash moments after it happened, and was able to avoid it but grazed the stopped/crashed semi. There was no significant damage to that truck nor injury to that driver, whose name was not released.
Hadley, driving the cement mixer belonging to KMR Concrete Inc., which is located on S.R. 60, was transported to Bartow Regional Medical Center with with non-life-threatening injuries where he was treated and released. Hill incurred minor injuries but was treated on-scene and released.
At press time it was not known what caused the cement mixer to lose power.