Driver calls multi-vehicle wreck 'horrifying' in Facebook post

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A Naples woman said Sunday she is "very lucky to be alive" after being in an early-morning car wreck that included six vehicles and five separate crashes on Interstate 75 in south Fort Myers.

Heidi Lane, who was in the third crash, wrote on Facebook that she saw each of the three that followed.

"Never in my life have I seen something so horrifying," wrote Lane, 34, who could not be reached for comment Sunday. She was not injured, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Eight people were injured and two others arrested on DUI charges as result of the crashes, and southbound I-75 south of Alico Road was closed for nearly eight hours afterward. The initial crash happened about 2:15 a.m. Sunday at mile marker 126 in the southbound lanes of the interstate, FHP reported.

Arrested were drivers Andrew Rojas, 23, of Estero and Andres Hernandez-Dominguez, 34, of Naples on suspicion of drunken driving with injuries and careless driving.

In addition to the six drivers, nine passengers were involved in the crashes.

The first occurred when Rojas, who was driving a 1990 Chevy truck, rear-ended the 1999 Ford Expedition Angela Hernandes, 49, of Naples, was driving along southbound I-75. Rojas' truck then veered off the road and stopped on in the west grass shoulder, facing south. The impact caused Hernandes' Ford to became disabled in the center southbound lane, FHP reported.

Hernandez-Dominguez, who was driving south in I-75 in a 2005 Hyundai SUV, then hit Hernandes' vehicle from behind, causing Hernandez-Dominguez's SUV to eventually stop in an I-75 emergency lane, facing south.

The third crash happened when Lane was driving a 2005 GMC SUV that hit Hernandes' disabled Ford. Lane's SUV finally rested in a southbound lane, facing south.

In the fourth crash, Martin Portillo-Navarro, 32, of Naples was driving a 2007 Toyota Camry when he swerved to avoid Hernandes' vehicle. This caused Portillo-Navarro's vehicle to hit a center media guardrail.

The fifth crash occurred when Gloria Medina, 54, of Bonita Springs, was driving her 2006 Toyota SUV south on I-75. Her SUV hit Hernandes' Ford, which was struck a total four times.

Passengers in Hernandes' vehicle were David Hernandes, 7, of Naples, who suffered serious injuries; and Elda Hernandes, 13, Nayel Hernandes, 6, and Estevan Velaseo, 32, all of Naples, who all suffered minor injuries.

Jose Prado, 30, of Naples, who was a passenger in Hernandez-Dominguez's Hyundai, suffered minor injuries. Andrada Ploscaru, 21, of Naples, also a passenger, wasn't injured.

Alejandro Hernandez-Murillo, 29, of Naples, who was a passenger in Portillo-Navarro's Camry, wasn't injured.

A passenger in Medina's SUV suffered minor injuries but FHP reported her name and information were undetermined. Medina also suffered minor injuries.

"The scene was heartbreaking, scary, and didn't seem to be real to me at first," Lane wrote in her Facebook post.

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