Fog played part in truck crash

OKEECHOBEE — An Okeechobee man escaped serious injury Wednesday morning when his pickup truck was involved in a crash with a tractor-trailer rig.

Deputy William Jolly, of the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office (OCSO), indicated the crash occurred Oct. 14 around 6:20 a.m. in the 2900 block of N.E. 128th Avenue near the Davie Dairy Barn.PICKUP VS. SEMI #2

Deputy Jolly said the morning was “very foggy” at the time of the incident, and that played a big part in the crash.

Neither Bradley Rathbun, 21, of Okeechobee, or Luis Miranda, 55, of Hialeah, were injured in the crash.

However, the F-250 pickup driven by Mr. Rathbun was totaled. He managed to escape from the mangled shell of his pickup by crawling out the passenger-side window.

The Freightliner tractor-trailer driven by Mr. Miranda is owned by Bravado Trucking in Hialeah.

Deputy Jolly said no traffic citations were issued and alcohol was not a contributing cause.

No one was injured in this early Wednesday, Oct. 14, morning crash in the 2900 block of N.E. 128th Avenue, said Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Buck Jolly. However, this F-250 pickup truck driven by Bradley Rathbun of Okeechobee was totaled from its involvement in the crash with a tractor-trailer rig.

No one was injured in this early Wednesday, Oct. 14, morning crash in the 2900 block of N.E. 128th Avenue, said Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Buck Jolly. However, this F-250 pickup truck driven by Bradley Rathbun of Okeechobee was totaled from its involvement in the crash with a tractor-trailer rig.

Both men declined to be transported to the hospital for treatment.

OCSO dispatch notes indicate the crash held up a school bus from the Okeechobee County school district. The bus was not involved in the crash.

Eric Kopp is a staff writer for the Okeechobee News

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