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Pahokee man killed in multi-vehicle crash in Okeechobee County

Deadly crash investigated in Okeechobee County
Posted at 9:07 AM, Jan 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-29 22:54:40-05

UPDATE: Officials have identified the fatal crash victim as 49-year-old Efrem Dwyanna Crawford of Pahokee.

The four-vehicle crash that killed Crawford, seriously injured the driver of a 1997 PTRB semi-truck, 48-year-old Ivan Cruz of Okeechobee.
Cruz was transported to Raulerson Hospital.

The third driver, Timothy James hall, 30, of Okeechobee was not injured in the crash.

A fourth vehicle involved in the crash was unoccupied, according to FHP.

The crash remains under investigation.


The Florida Highway Patrol says it is investigating a deadly crash in Okeechobee County.

Video from Chopper 5 showed what appeared to be a collision between two semis.

Just after 8 a.m. the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office said 15B/SE 126 Blvd., is closed from Highway 710 to Highway 441 SE.

It said southbound traffic on Highway 441 is being re-routed to 15A to Highway 710 and northbound traffic on Highway 441 is being turned around and re-routed thru Port Mayaca.

The sheriff's office did say that Highway 710 is open in both directions.