National Guardsman killed in Baker County crash

FHP: Driver dies after losing control, hitting tree in Baker County

By Roxy Tyler - Web producer

Baker County, Fla. - A Florida Air National Guardsman was killed in a single-vehicle crash in Baker County over the weekend, authorities said.

The wreck happened about 6:45 a.m. Sunday on County Road 229 near Interstate 10 in the Sanderson area, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Troopers said a Ford Mustang driven by Master Sgt. Joseph Crews was heading north on CR 229 when Crews lost control, the vehicle left the road and struck a large pine tree.

Crews, 50, was pronounced dead at the scene.

A National Guard spokesperson said Crews served in the military for 32 years and was assigned to the 125th Fighter Wing based in Jacksonville.

"We are shocked at his passing, and heartbroken for his family. Joe was more than just an incredible Airman. He was our brother, and we will miss him," said Maj. M. Caitlin Brown.

A drill was held over the weekend and sources told News4Jax Crews was on his way to the base at the time of the crash.

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