News Update for 1/2/19

Early morning fog claimed some victims north of Avon Park today. An accident in the Northbound lane of Highway 27 near Lake Glenada, and another near the entrance to River Greens were reported.
It’s unclear as to the extent of injuries. Motorists are urged to slow down, use their low beams and exercise caution until it lifts.

Units from Leisure Lakes and Desoto City were busy New Year’s Day. Local firefighters, along with Forest Service units, were called out to extinguish a brush fire off Sebring Lakes Boulevard near Lake Josephine.
They were able to contain the flames before much damage was done. However, a 20 X 40-foot shed on the property did sustain some damage.
No dollar damage estimate has been released. Cause of the fire still is under investigation.

An accident in Hendry County has claimed the life of a Lake Placid man. Florida Highway Patrol officials say 87-year-old John Nicholas Olejar has expired from injuries he received in a December 13th mishap south of Moore Haven.
Reportedly, Olejar was a passenger in a car that was hit by another vehicle at the intersection of Highway 27 and Flagpole Road west of Clewiston.

Authorities say a high-speed train struck a pedestrian along the railroad tracks and threw him into a canal. The incident happened on New Year’s Day in Fort Lauderdale. Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue divers found the body in the water on Tuesday afternoon.

Officials say a 2-year-old girl has been injured after falling into the rhinoceros exhibit at a Florida zoo. Brevard County Fire Rescue officials said the girl was taken to an Orlando hospital for treatment Tuesday afternoon. Her mother was also taken to a hospital for treatment. The incident took place at the Brevard Zoo in Melbourne. A zoo official says the girl fell through the steel poles that separate guests from rhinos during a hands-on experience.

NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft has survived humanity’s most distant exploration of another world. Ten hours after the middle-of-the-night encounter 4 billion miles (6.4 billion kilometers) away, flight controllers in Laurel, Maryland, received word from the spacecraft late Tuesday morning.

Officials say six passengers fell ill on a Frontier Airlines flight from Cleveland to Tampa. WFLA-TV reports health officials boarded the plane when it landed at Tampa International Airport on Tuesday afternoon and the sick passengers were removed. Officials say they are being held for observation. The sick passengers were not traveling together. Authorities haven’t provided information on the symptoms passengers were experiencing or their conditions.