7 Polk County Deputies Hurt in Crash

Seven Polk County detention deputies were injured when a van they were traveling in overturned.

According to the sheriff's office, six of the deputies had just ended their shift at the South County Jail in Frostproof on Saturday morning and were being driven to Bartow by a seventh deputy. The van crossed the center median when it struck a boat being pulled by a truck.

The van overturned and rolled. It's unclear why the driver lost control, and the crash is under investigation.

As of Saturday night, four of the deputies were still in the hospital and in stable condition.

Officials said the three other deputies were released from the hospital.

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