The Clewiston News

UPDATE: Accident shuts down highway on Friday

An accident involving two semi trucks and a car shut down U.S. 27 for several hours on Aug. 14.

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UPDATE: Florida Highway Patrol has reported the names of the drivers of the vehicles.

Victor Reyes, 18, was the driver of the Nissan. He was reportedly transported to Hendry Regional Medical Center for non-life-threatening injuries. His condition remains unknown.

Carlos Varela, 46, was the driver of the purple semi-truck and Geraldo Moralez, 39, was the driver of the second semi-truck.


U.S. 27 was shut down for several hours on Friday, Aug. 14 after an semi-truck overturned spilling hydraulic fluid and oil across the roadway.

The accident occurred around 7 p.m. and involved a car and two semi-trucks.

According to a report released by Clewiston Fire and Rescue, the driver of a brown Nissan lost control of his car while traveling northbound on U.S. 27. The car reportedly drove across the grassy median into the southbound lane of the highway and struck the front of a purple semi-truck. The purple semi came to a stop near State Road 80.

The brown Nissan was then reportedly struck by an oncoming semi-truck which overturned on the highway and spilled hydraulic fluid and oil onto both lanes of travel.

The driver of the Nissan was transported to Hendry Regional Medical Center for injuries. The drivers name was not released and his condition is unclear.

Southbound traffic on U.S. 27 was diverted to S.R. 80 while crews worked to clean up the spill.

Sand was brought to the scene to help soak up the oil while Clewiston fire fighters worked to remove the remaining fluid.

Fire fighters reportedly cleared the scene by about 9:15 p.m.