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Florida National Guard soldier killed, five injured in Sebring crash

SEBRING — A soldier with the Florida National Guard was killed and five others were hospitalized after a multi-vehicle crash on Friday, officials said.

The crash took place at about 1 p.m. at the intersection of U.S. 27 and Hammock Road.

The soldiers were from a unit in Miami operating three Palletized Load System (PLS) vehicles, officials said, which are similar to a semitrailer truck. One of the National Guard vehicles failed to obey a red light and ended up striking one of the other military vehicles.

No civilians were involved in the crash.

None of the soliders involved in the crash were identified, and no information on the injured soldiers was released.

"My heart goes out to the family and loves ones of our fallen soldier," said Maj. Gen, Michael Calhoun, the adjuntant general of Florida, in a statement. "We’re also praying for the other Soldiers hurt in this tragic accident."

The cause of the crash is under investigation.

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