UPDATE: Four people died around 11:30 a.m. today when the silver Chevrolet sedan they were in crossed a median on East Memorial Drive and crashed into a westbound Chevy truck towing an unoccupied horse trailer, the Lakeland Police Department said. More
Campus Police Officer Tommie Jackson was first on the scene Monday morning after a car on University Boulevard rolled over and ended up partially submerged in a pond and taking on water. Wading into the murky water, he was able to rescue both the driver and her infant. “This quick response could not have been made possible without the partnership we have with the Lakeland Police Department and the sharing for their communications division,” the university police said on Facebook.
The speed limit on Lake Morton Drive will be reduced from 25 mph to 20 mph next week, the first change implemented to combat the distracted driving that has injured a runner and killed five swans in recent weeks.
New signs will be posted next week, Lakeland traffic operations manager Angelo Rao said. More
The potential “traffic calming” solutions are aimed at refocusing driver attention. They include “bulb out” pedestrian landings, landscaped medians, painting lines to mark parking spots, raised crosswalks and reflective flashing beacons. Learn more about the options here and here.
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Lakeland police and fire personnel are already in the Carolinas to help run Hurricane Florence emergency operations centers and 18 Lakeland Electric line personnel are traveling to South Carolina today in four line trucks and three service trucks to help restore power.
Lakeland Linder has some guests. Before Hurricane Florence made landfall, Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. moved a fleet of jets from its Savannah Service Center to Lakeland Linder International Airport for safekeeping.
NO PHOTOS: This post originally included two photos of the jets that Lakeland Linder posted to its Facebook page. Those photos have since been removed.
“Today’s” Dylan Dryer filmed a stand-up at Lakeland Linder Airport today after flying to Hurricane Florence with the NOAA Hurricane Hunters based there. View her report.
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Guess who stopped by Lakeland this morning? The Today Show's very own Dylan Dryer visited the NOAA hangar at Lakeland Linder International Airport today to film a live segment regarding NOAA Hurricane Hunters and the specialized equipment that they use to monitor the storms. If you missed it, you can find it on today.com!
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Raised crosswalks across Lake Morton Drive might help alleviate the distracted driving thought to be a culprit in a spate of recent accidents around the lake that have killed five swans and injured a pedestrian, a city official said today. More
On Tuesday afternoon, I heard a presentation about Lakeland Electric’s new online outage map. Early this morning, I got to experience it in real life when a transformer blew in our neighborhood near Dobbins Park. More