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Crash On 69th Street Injures Two, Sends Car Into Canal

INDIAN RIVER COUNTY — Two people were taken to a hospital after a crash that damaged a bridge and led to the closure of a high-traffic county road.

A Mercedes car and a sport utility vehicle crashed on 69th Street near the intersection of 66th Avenue around noon, an Indian River County Fire Rescue official said.

A crash closed 69th Street after two vehicles collided at the intersection 66th Avenue and damaged a small bridge around noon, a fire rescue official said.

Battalion Chief Jamie Coleman said a man was taken out of the Mercedes with minor injuries after the car went into a canal that runs north and south, east of 66th Avenue.

“The front of the car (was) in the water,” said Coleman. “We had to get in the water a little bit to get him out.”

A man and woman were inside the SUV, he said.

Coleman said he wasn’t sure what caused the crash, but both vehicles struck the bridge on 69th Street just east of 66th Avenue.

Rescue crews took the woman in the SUV and the Mercedes’ driver to Cleveland Clinic Indian River Hospital with minor injuries.

Coleman said 69th Street, between 66th and 58th avenues, closed while Florida Highway Patrol investigated the crash, and Indian River County Public Works evaluated damage to the bridge.

Neither Florida Highway Patrol nor Indian River County Sheriff’s Office could be reached for information


Attorney Jason Weisser of Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller and Overbeck responded to distracted driving.  “In my many years as a Personal Injury Lawyer I’ve helped many victims that were injured because someone was distracted and crashed into their vehicles.  If you’ve been injured by someone because they weren’t paying attention to the road, please call me so I can help you get compensation for your damages.”

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