1 dead in Highlands County crash

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SEBRING, Fla. One person died Tuesday evening in a crash on U.S. 98, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

Luis Lopez, 22, of Sebring, was killed when he drove a 2002 Cadillac DeVille into the back of a semi-trailer truck stopped at a railroad crossing in front of him, according to the FHP.

The wreck happened around 7:39 p.m. near the intersection of U.S. 98 and Associate Boulevard, State troopers said.

Both drivers were taken to Highlands Regional Medical Center, according to State troopers. Lopez was pronounced dead. Okeechobee resident Joey Farris, 41, who was driving the semi truck, suffered minor injuries.

It’s unclear if Lopez was wearing a seat belt or if alcohol was involved, State troopers said.

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