A two-vehicle collision Wednesday evening on East U.S. Highway 82 sent five people to area hospitals, according to Cooke County Emergency Medical Services Chief Kevin Grant.

At 8:37 p.m., officers with the Gainesville Police Department responded to a crash in the 800 block of East U.S. 82 involving a Dodge Caravan and Dodge pickup, according to Stephanie Herpeche, a GPD spokeswoman.

Both vehicles were in the westbound lanes of U.S. 82, she said.

The preliminary investigation indicates that the Dodge Caravan was stopped at a red light at Lawrence Street and U.S. 82, police said. 

According to information from the police department, “the Dodge truck was traveling westbound and was distracted.” 

The pickup struck the back of the Dodge Caravan pushing it through the intersection and into the median, officials said.

The occupants of the van were taken to North Texas Medical Center, police said. 

Two of the five people reported injured were taken from the helipad at NTMC to other area hospitals. One person was taken via CareFlite to Cook Children's Medical Center in Fort Worth and one was taken by Air Evac to Medical City Plano, Grant said in an email interview. 

The conditions of the five people hospitalized were unknown as of press time.

Herpeche said the driver of the truck was treated at the scene and released.

Tamara Sieger, a spokeswoman with Gainesville Fire-Rescue, said two fire engines, an aerial ladder truck and a rescue truck responded to the crash. 

“Gainesville Fire-Rescue provided scene safety, patient extrication, treatment and assistance with patient transport,” Sieger said. 

Additional details were not available as of press time. The crash investigation is ongoing, police said. 

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