UPDATE: Fatal car crash in Naples on U.S. 41
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NAPLES, Fla.- One person is dead and another is in the hospital after a car crash on U.S. 41 in Naples on Wednesday morning.
An SUV lands on its side. The tarp is now a sign the female driver inside did not make it.
"I just heard what sounded like dump trucks colliding. I looked around like where are the trash trucks? It was loud," said Minna Poling who works close to where the accident happened.
A mangled red Mustang sits next to a third car, a Dodge Charger that ended up in the median. The driver of the Mustang, 72-year-old James Hogan, was airlifted to Lee Memorial Hospital. His condition is unknown.
The accident involved 3 cars and happened around 10am on Wednesday on U.S. 41 near Old Trail Drive.
"It's a bad accident, one of the worst accidents I've seen down here in a long time. It's going to take awhile to clean it up," said Bob Daniels, Naples resident.
The Naples Police Department is still investigating what led up to the crash. A preliminary investigation and witnesses say the driver of the Mustang was traveling northbound on 41 and suddenly crossed over the median into southbound lanes where he struck a 2008 Honda Pilot (SUV) driven by 57-year-old Linda Pond Daneau. Daneau was killed.
Drivers experienced delays both northbound and southbound near the accident for hours.
"It saddens me because I was on my way to work too. It's scary. I fear for anybody who drives on this road during season because there's no patience, and we should practice it," said Laurie Mackinnon.