Man critically injured in wreck on I-75

Published: Wednesday, April 3, 2013 at 9:02 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, April 3, 2013 at 9:02 p.m.

A husband and wife were seriously injured on Wednesday afternoon when their car crashed into a tree and flipped into a ditch full of water on the side of Interstate 75.

Edward T. Hodgins and Sylvia Hodgins, both in their mid-70s, were traveling southbound on I-75 about a mile north of the Northwest 39th Avenue interchange when Hodgins lost control of his gray Lincoln LS because of the wet conditions, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. Both husband and wife were transported to Shands at the University of Florida, where Edward Hodgins was listed in critical condition, according to FHP officer Rick Brown. Sylvia Hodgins' injuries appeared to be not life-threatening, FHP said.

The accident happened when Hodgins apparently lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a nearby tree, stripping an entire side of the tree of its bark, officials said.

The car flipped and landed in a ditch of water about 3 to 4 feet wide. The driver's side mirror and a wheel were broken off, while the right blinker still flashed.

The license plate on the Lincoln indicated it was from Ontario, Canada.

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