Three people were hospitalized following an early-morning crash on Interstate 75 near the Santa Fe River bridge in northern Alachua County. One person was critically injured and two others suffered serious injuries, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. The accident occurred around 1:15 a.m. Friday near mile marker 407. FHP Trooper Matthew Simmons said a south-bound 1995 Pontiac Grand Prix being driven by Timo-thy Wayne Atwell, 47, of Fort McCoy, hit the front of a 2003 Chrysler Town and Country van being driven north by Britteny Nicole Lungren, 19, of Leesburg. Simmons said that after the initial impact, the Pontiac was rotating and was hit in the back by the left side of a northbound 2006 Chevy Silverado. Atwell was taken to Shands at the University of Florida in critical condition. Lungren and her passen-ger, Lana Johnston, 19, of Michigan City, Ind., were taken to Shands in serious condition. The three people in the pickup were not injured and were all from out of the region, Simmons said. Everyone involved was wearing a seat belt, according to an FHP report on the crash, and charges are pending further investigation.
Gainesville Sun Alachua County Daily 57,000 March 5, 2011