4 hospitalized in Immokalee dump truck crash

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Photo via the North Collier Fire Rescue District.

IMMOKALEE, Fla. Immokalee Road was reopened several hours after a dump truck crash hospitalized four people Thursday afternoon, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

The crash occurred just east of Logan Boulevard. Domingo Hernandez, 66, was driving a dump truck east in the outside lane of Immokalee Road when he entered a school zone, troopers said. Leidy Diaz , 46, was sitting in the outside lane in her 2011 Hyundai Sonata when she noticed Hernandez apply his brakes and try to turn into the right lane to avoid a collision, troopers said.

Carolyn Higgins, 41, was in the right lane and tried to turn into the center lane when she heard Hernandez braking.

However, Hernandez rear-ended Diaz, causing her to hit a light pole, according to troopers.

But Hernandez kept traveling forward until he struck Higgins’ 2015 Toyota Sienna, causing her to hit 37-year-old Faithe Collins’ 2015 Kia Optima.

The dump truck then overturned and spilled construction debris all over the road, shutting down two lanes.

Diaz and Higgins, as well as their passengers, were taken to North Collier Hospital, the FHP said.

Collins and Hernandez were not injured.

Hernandez is facing a charge of careless driving.

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