Six people killed in Florida interstate crash

Elias Hubbard
January 4, 2019

Troopers closed I-75 in both directions and rerouted southbound traffic at USA 441 and northbound traffic at State Road 26. The two tractor-trailers are close together and caught on fire.

Two big rigs and two passenger vehicles collided and spilled diesel fuel across the highway Thursday on Interstate 75 near Gainesville, sparking a massive fire. Authorities say the fire was ignited after about 50 gallons (189 liters) of diesel spilled onto the highway.

A helicopter is responding to help with locating possible patients that may be in the woods, fire rescue said.

UPDATE: As of now, ACFR has confirmed 6 people dead, 8 people have been taken to the hospital, and multiple people with critical injuries.

Northbound lanes reopened just before 8 p.m., but the Sheriff's Office anticipates southbound I-75, between NW 39th Avenue and USA 441, to be closed "for an extended time". The fire was so intense that authorities said it damaged parts of the road. The road will be closed for several more hours. Six of the patients are being examined at UF Health, which activated its emergency response mass casualty plan at around 4:25, ABC Action News reports.

Authorities said they are treating it as a pending homicide investigation.

No additional information has been released at this time.

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