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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 08:56:34-04

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.