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Semitrailer driver now listed in fair

By Staff | Oct 31, 2012

A Cape Coral man is improving after he was hospitalized Tuesday when his semitrailer collided into a van and then a cable barrier on Interstate 75.

Clarence Nauer, 46, was listed in fair condition Wednesday at Lee Memorial Hospital, where he was taken after the accident, according to officials.

At 8:41 a.m., Nauer was traveling southbound in the center lane near mile marker 122 when he swerved into the inside lane, colliding into the right side of a 2004 Ford van, according to a report from the Florida Highway Patrol.

The van was being driven by Allen Kenter, 46, of Fort Myers.

Kenter pulled off the road, and Nauer returned to the center lane.

The report states that Nauer then traveled back into the inside lane and crossed the paved emergency lane, eventually colliding into a cable barrier before continuing southbound. He finally came to rest in the center lane.

Emergency personnel reported that Nauer may have been experiencing an unknown medical condition prior to the accident.

He was transported to the hospital in critical condition.

FHP reported that the crash is not alcohol related.