73-year-old Cape Coral man dies in 5-vehicle crash on Midpoint Bridge

UPDATE 6:15 p.m.:

LEE COUNTY, Fla. — A 73-year-old man died in a five-vehicle crash on Midpoint Memorial Bridge Friday morning.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP), the 73-year-old’s pickup truck was traveling in front of another pickup truck, driven by a 57-year-old Cape Coral man. The third and fourth vehicles involved were traveling in front of the 73-year-old man’s pickup truck.

The fifth vehicle was traveling east in the outside lane behind the vehicle driven by the 57-year-old man.

FHP said the 57-year-old’s truck collided with the rear of the 73-year-old’s truck, causing a chain reaction between the 73-year-old’s pickup truck and the third and fourth vehicles.

According to the report, the 57-year-old man then veered into the path of the fifth vehicle. The front of the fifth vehicle collided with the rear of the man’s truck.

The 73-year-old man was pronounced dead on the scene, according to FHP. The 57-year-old man and the driver of the third vehicle, a 38-year-old man, suffered minor injuries, according to the report.

No other injuries were reported from the crash, and FHP said the crash remains under investigation.

UPDATE 3:00 p.m.:

The Mid Point Bridge has resumed normal traffic flow. An investigation into the cause of the fatal accident is still underway.


LEE COUNTY, Fla. — The Lee County Sheriff’s Office is presently on the scene of a fatal three car accident on the Mid Point Bridge.

There have been reports of extensive traffic delays heading eastbound. Drivers are asked to seek an alternate route.

Florida Highway Patrol and Cape Coral Police are assisting in the investigation and traffic delays.

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