Both north and south bound sides of I-75 were shut down on Sunday as a result of a massive pileup that started on the south bound side around 3:45am. Authorities say that at least 10 people were killed in the north Florida crash.
A fire broke out and smoke clouded up the highway as a result of several cars crashing into tractor-trailers, with a motor home amongst the wreckage. Close to 20 people were taken to the Shands at the University of Florida for injuries as a result of the accident.
Onlookers weren’t able to see what was happening through the smoke, but said “You heard like 15 times somebody hit, from this side and that, north and south. It was bad.”
Lt. Patrick Riordan of the Florida Highway Patrol reported that the highway was previously closed because of a marsh fire that caused low visibility. It was reopened before the crash, although Riordan hasn’t said for how long.
– By: Alexandra Koken