News Cast 4/13

News Cast for April 13th:

Two hospitalized after wreck

Highlands County Fire Rescue and the Florida Highway Patrol said three vehicles collided Saturday afternoon at the intersection of State Road 70 and County Road 721 north about a mile east of Brighton.

One passenger in a pickup truck was transported by Aeromed Helicopter to Lawnwood Regional in Ft. Pierce with serious injury.

One driver was transported to Raulerson Hospital in Okeechobee.

Two others refused treatment at the scene.

Troopers said one tractor trailer and two pickup trucks were involved in the collision.

Several units responded from Okeechobee, Lake Placid, Desoto City, Sun n Lakes and the Seminole Tribe to care for the injured.

The road was shut down for close to an hour and traffic was eventually detoured onto route 721 north.

Storm punches hard at Okeechobee County

There were plenty of tree limbs to pick up after a strong thunder storm passed through Okeechobee on Sunday afternoon.

The Sheriff’s Office reported many power line problems across the county in several neighborhoods.

Florida Power and Light reported 331 customers were without power Sunday night.

Glades Electric Cooperative reported four customers were without power this morning in Highlands County and none in Okeechobee County.

FDOT plans resurfacing project on route 70 east

The Florida Department of Transportation plans to resurface and make other improvements to state road 70 between NE 4th Avenue and NE 17th Avenue.

They presented some changes to the plans requested by the Board of County Commissioners on April 8.

One request was not to narrow lanes in that area to 10 feet wide.  The DOT decided to keep the width at the existing 12 feet.

They will continue to allow median access at NE 13th Avenue and NE 16th Avenue.

Also added was a west bound turn lane at NE 10th Avenue where the US Post Office is located.

The FDOT also turned down a request for a red light at the intersection of NE 16th Avenue.

County Commissioner Brad Goodbread said he was glad the DOT listened to the county and adopted some changes, “It is great news and great for Okeechobee.  I really like this relationship that we are building together.”