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A controlled burn in Lakeland caused a massive car and truck accident in Polk County on Tuesday. Apparently a controlled burn got out of control and caused smoke to mix with fog which created extremely limited visibilty along I-4.

“Firefighters on Tuesday had battled a controlled burn that got out of control and charred 250 acres, producing smoke that combined with the fog to cut visibility Wednesday morning.” The accident scene is still under investigation and many details are not yet known. According to reports, at least 3 people have died and many others were injured as a result of the accident.

The Florida Diviision of Forestry regulates controlled burns under § 590.125, Florida Statutes. Those persons responsible for the controlled burn may be held responsible or liable for any damages that are caused by the controlled burn pursuant to § 590.130, Florida Statutes.

For more information on this subject, please refer to the section on Car and Motorcycle Accidents.

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