LAKELAND, Fla. -- One person is dead after a big rig and car collided in Polk County this afternoon.

It happened along U.S. 98 North and Rockridge Road at around 2:45 pm in Lakeland.

The semi, which is owned by Saddle Creek Corp. and was driven by Charles Ervin, 41, of Valdosta, Ga., was heading north on 98 when it hit a Nissan Altima, driven by Charles Kimbrough Jr., 59, of Lakeland, in the intersection with Rockridge Road.

According to investigators, the Nissan had a green light. Kimbrough was dead at the scene.

The impact sent the semi into a gas station parking lot, where it flipped on its side. Ervin wasn’t injured.

Traffic in the roadway was closed for about four hours.

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