Three-car accident in Alachua sends six to hospital


Harry Singh sweeps up debris left from a three-car accident at the intersection of U.S. 441 and CR 235A in Alachua on Friday morning. All six occupants of the van were transported to Shands at the University of Florida.

JOSHUA L. HALLEY/Special to The Sun
Published: Saturday, July 1, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, July 1, 2006 at 12:00 a.m.
ALACHUA - Two vans, one carrying five children, crashed at an intersection on U.S. 441 in northern Alachua County, blocking traffic along the roadway Friday morning.
The five, ages 2 to 14, were treated and released after the Ford Aerostar van they were riding in struck the side of another vehicle turning south onto County Road 235A, said Alachua Police Officer Jimmy Smith.
But the van's driver and mother of three of the children, Angela English, 33, of Fort White, was hospitalized at Shands at the University of Florida where she was in surgery, Smith said. She was listed in fair condition by hospital staff.
The crash remained under investigation late Friday.
The driver of the second vehicle, Mike King, 33, of Newberry, said he was trying to turn left from U.S. 441 at about 9:30 a.m. when the crash occurred.
"I was turning on the yellow," King said. "She hit me and I just went spinning."
The Aerostar and the Dodge Caravan that King was driving landed on their sides.
King said he had some cuts and bruises. "I'm sure I'm going to be bruised up pretty bad tomorrow but nothing like they are," he said, adding that he hoped everyone in the other vehicle would be alright.
After the Caravan was struck, it hit a pickup truck in the turn lane at CR 235A, Smith said. No one inside that vehicle was injured.
Traffic was backed up on eastbound U.S. 441 for about a mile west of the intersection for more than one hour before the damaged vehicles were towed away.
Lise Fisher can be reached at (352) 374-5092 or fisherl@gvillesun.com

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