16 injured in single-vehicle Interstate 75 rollover in Punta Gorda

Posted at 7:25 AM, Jun 01, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-01 15:00:52-04

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla. -- Several trauma alerts were called to the scene of a rollover crash in Charlotte County Thursday morning that briefly forced the closure of southbound lanes of Interstate 75.

According to Charlotte County Fire & EMS, the crash happened around 6:45 a.m. just south of the U.S.17 exit in Punta Gorda, near mile marker 164.

The crash is described as a single-vehicle rollover of a pickup truck.

16 people were injured in the crash, with five of those classified as trauma alerts.  8 of the injured were taken to Lee Memorial Hospital, the other 8 were taken to other area hospitals.

All lanes of the interstate were closed in the area to make room for emergency vehicles, but all lanes have since been reopened.

PHOTO GALLERY: Images from the scene of Thursday morning's serious crash

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