Sixteen people packed in one pickup hospitalized following I-75 accident

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Updated Jun 7, 2017
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Sixteen people jammed into a pickup—10 in the bed and six in the cab—were all hospitalized following a recent accident on Interstate 75 in Florida.

The Florida Highway Patrol reports that 44-year-old Joseph Turtulien was driving a Ford F-250 filled with 15 passengers when he lost control and veered off the highway while traveling northbound around 6:40 a.m. Thursday on I-75 in Charlotte County.

Turtulien apparently had been trying to avoid colliding with a truck that had changed lanes in front of him near mile marker 164. FHP reports that he slowed down and drove partially onto the grass-filled center median, overcorrected and crossed the highway onto the shoulder of the road, overcorrected again and crossed back over the highway to the center median where the truck rolled over and ejected his passengers.

All 16 people were hospitalized including seven with serious injuries. Turtulien, who had been wearing a seatbelt, was among those who had been seriously injured. The accident is still under investigation, according to