Update: Six women injured after van overturns on I-75 near Alachua
The Florida Highway Patrol says six people were critically and seriously injured on I-75 Saturday after a tire failure caused a van to hit the median and flip over.
The crash was first reported at 12:19 p.m. near the 401 mile marker. It blocked at least two southbound lanes for about four hours. As of 4:30 p.m. the crash had been moved to the shoulder and all lanes were open again.
A Highway Patrol report says eight people were inside a 2004 Ford E-350 van as it traveled south. Troopers say the left, rear tire failed, causing the driver to lose control. The van struck the median guardrail and rolled several times, ejecting at least one passenger. That passenger was airlifted to UF Health. All of the other passengers were taken to local hospitals by ambulance.
Troopers identified the injured as:
- 44-year-old Janice Daniels of Gainesville (DRIVER). Serious condition.
- 37-year-old Erica Dubois of Hawthorne. Critical condition.
- 41-year-old Diane Draine of Gainesville. Critical condition.
- 49-year-old Serena Johnson of Gainesville. Serious condition.
- 55-year-old Sandra Bonds of Gainesville. Serious condition.
- 47-year-old Patricia Brideau of Gainesville. Serious condition.
Two passengers were not injured. The cause of the crash is under investigation.