Truck driver critical following crash on I-75 in Estero – The News

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A 46-year-old Cape Coral man was taken to the hospital with critical injuries after colliding with another vehicle on Interstate 75 in Estero.

The Florida Highway Patrol reports that Clarence Nauer, 46, was driving his 2005 truck in the southbound center lane of I-75 when he veered into the left lane and hit the 2004 Ford van driven by Allen Kenter, 46, of Fort Myers.

According to the FHP report, Nauer drove back into the center lane then veered left again, this time all the way to the emergency lane before crashing into the center median cable barrier just south of the Corkscrew Road exit 123.

Nauer was transported to Lee Memorial Hospital. Kenter sustained minor injuries, but was not transported to any medical facility.

Emergency personnel believe that Nauer experienced some sort of medical condition before the crash, according to FHP Trooper Alex Mangels’ report.

From earlier

Two southbound lanes of I-75 have reopened at mile marker 122 following a semi truck rollover.

Mark C. Wahlig with Estero Fire and Rescue said the crash also involved a van.

The driver of the van refused medical attention.

The driver of the semi was airlifted to Lee Memorial Hospital in critical condition.

Wahlig said witnesses reported the semi’s trailer was swaying back and forth before the crash.

He said approximately 50 to 75 gallons of diesel fuel spilled from the truck.

That fuel will have to be removed, and officials have arrived to begin planning that step.

It’s likely going to be another hour or two before crews will be able to remove the truck.

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