Seven teens transported to the hospital following early morning crash

Compiled from press releases from Alachua County Fire Rescue and Florida Highway Patrol

Updated 4:45 p.m.

At 4:16 a.m. on May 3, units from Alachua County Fire Rescue (ACFR) responded with law enforcement to a vehicle accident with extrication involving multiple passengers on CR 235 near NW 164th Terrace in Alachua. When crews arrived, they found a single vehicle with heavy damage, multiple patients outside the vehicle, and one patient who required extrication to be removed from the vehicle. The crews used the “Jaws of Life” to extricate the entrapped patient.

The car, a Mercury Grand Marquis, was traveling south on CR 235 when the driver lost control while trying to evade an Alachua Police Department officer who had attempted an earlier traffic stop of the vehicle. The car spun off the roadway onto the shoulder, where the left rear struck a tree. All seven occupants were transported to UF Health Shands.

The driver, a 17-year-old girl from Jacksonville, was transported in serious condition. A 15-year-old boy from Alachua and 14-year-old girl from Gainesville were transported in critical condition. Two 17-year-old Gainesville girls, a 13-year-old Gainesville girl, and a 14-year-old Alachua boy were all transported in serious condition.