Two-vehicle crash precedes today's opening of new Estero Parkway overpass

Updated 3 p.m.

Friday morning's "crash" preceding the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Estero Parkway overpass was little more than a fender-bender, a transportation official said.

Mike Tisch of Lee County DOT said both vehicles were attempting to park for the ceremony when they hit each other. The Corvette suffered a scrape on one side, he said, and both drivers appeared okay.

Posted 10:42 a.m.

Welcome to the new Estero Parkway overpass - now buckle up.

Less than an hour before the new bridge spanning Interstate 75 officially opened this morning, two vehicles crashed on the nearby parkway.

One person was transported, via a passer-by's car, to the hospital with minor injuries, according to Lee County Sheriff's Office spokesman Tony Schall. The accident involved a Corvette and a Ford F-250.

Though a Sheriff's Office dispatch report placed the wreck on the overpass, the bridge hadn't opened for traffic.

The first cars passed the span following a 9 a.m. ribbon-cutting ceremony.

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