A head-on crash between a passenger van and a pickup truck early Friday on SR-82 in Collier County sent 13 people to the hospital.
According to the Florida Highway Patrol, a van carrying 15 passengers collided with a pickup on SR-82, east of Corkscrew Road in Collier County, at about 6:40 a.m. The force of the collision caused the van to overturn.
Troopers said the pickup driver, a 20-year-old Fort Myers man, was trying to pass a slower vehicle and “used poor judgment” in passing.
Thirteen people were transported to three different hospitals, with four critically or seriously injured – the van’s 33-year-old female driver and three passengers. The FHP said the van’s driver was wearing a seat belt but they aren’t yet sure if any passengers were. Rescuers had to cut apart the van to get to everyone.
Lee Memorial Hospital’s Trauma Center also sent out a call for blood donations Friday morning as a result of the crash.