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March 18, 2014

Investigation continues in fatal February wreck involving SUV and log truck

A look at US 90 and CR 137, by the numbers

Live Oak —

The investigation is ongoing in a fatal wreck that claimed the life of a Live Oak woman after the SUV she was driving collided with a log truck trailer at CR 137 and US 90 East last month, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Shortly after midnight on Wednesday, Feb. 12, Tracy Deas, 42, was traveling on US 90 when the SUV she was driving collided with the left side of a log truck’s trailer with its front. The log truck, driven by Eliecer Caceres Labrada, 42, Ocala, made a right turn onto eastbound US 90 from CR 137 in Wellborn, into the direct path of Deas. Deas was transported to Shands UF where she was later pronounced dead at 8:42 a.m., according to FHP.

FHP Sgt. Tracy Hisler-Pace reported that investigators are looking at all aspects of the wreck including stipulations that operators of log trucks and semi-trucks must adhere to when operating at night.

“Log trucks do have some stipulations for traveling during the night time hours,” said Pace.

Those stipulations are: the truck including the load cannot be over 75 feet, there must be a flashing amber light on the rear of the load, there must be two red flags on the rear of the load and the load cannot obscure the rear lights of the trailer.

Pace said all those points will be looked at.

Dangerous intersection

The Suwannee County Board of County Commissioners are preparing a letter to be sent to the Florida Department of Transportation asking for a traffic light to be placed at the intersection, however, similar requests have been denied before. Currently, a caution flashing light is in place with stop signs at CR 137. Traffic has the right of way on US 90 East.

The Florida Highway Patrol reported that from 2006 to this publishing, FHP worked a total of 28 crashes at or very near the intersection. There was one fatality reported (2014) and 13 of the crashes were crashes with injuries.

 

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