A serious crash caused a traffic snarl late this morning in Punta Gorda.

The collision closed the eastbound lanes on Jones Loop Road.

It involved a red pickup and work vehicle hauling a trailer near Mac Drive.

Rescue crews had to cut people out of the vehicles because of the damage.

Two people needed airlifts to Sarasota Memorial Hospital.

An ambulance took a third person to Lee Memorial Hospital because of the long response time from that second chopper.

People had to avoid the area between Taylor Road and I-75 for a couple hours.