3 Killed In Crash On Interstate 75
Freak accidents can happen at any time. You may be driving on the interstate when a vehicle comes in your direction after crossing the median and guardrail. These are not situations that drivers typically expect, but as a recent car crash in Ocala proves, it does happen.
A fiery crash in Ocala has caused multiple accidents, with three people dead. The fatal crashes occurred on the afternoon of October 26 on Interstate 75.
The multi-vehicle accident happened in Marion County at mile marker 337, near Sumter County line. The main crash involves four vehicles. A Subaru and a dump truck were on southbound I-75, while a Chevrolet SUV and a Dodge Ram 3500 pickup truck with a trailer were on northbound I-75.
At some point, the Subaru and the dump truck collided. Both vehicles came across the median and guardrail and ended up in the northbound traffic. They hit the Chevrolet SUV and a Dodge Ram, with the dump truck and the Subaru catching fire, The impact caused multiple collisions.
The man driving the Dodge Ram died at the accident scene. A 40-year-old man from Texas who was inside the Chevy SUV also died. A 19-year-old South Carolina woman in the same SUV suffered serious injuries. An occupant of the dump truck was also killed in the crash, but they have not yet been identified.
In total, four people were taken to HCA Florida Ocala Hospital. The crash was classified as a Level 1 Mass Casualty based on the number of people involved.
The northbound lanes were closed for several hours due to debris and vehicles from the accident. The southbound lanes were open but moving slowly. The Sumter and Marion Fire Rescue teams worked together to put out the fire, which spread to a nearby mobile home park. The blaze was put out in time and none of the homes were threatened.
The Florida advanced investigation and reconstruction team, also known as FLAIR, is investigating the crash, given its complexity. FLAIR is a department of the Florida Highway Patrol that investigates fatal car accidents. It uses advanced technology to reconstruct accident scenes to determine how a crash happened. The team may spend hours after a fatal crash digging up evidence and looking for clues as it aims to get the facts straight. Because this can affect traffic flow, drivers need to be patient and wait for the team to do its job.
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Crashes on interstates can be especially dangerous. There are so many vehicles involved and they may cross medians, affecting other unsuspecting vehicles.
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