The investigation continues into a pileup that has killed ten people and injured several others. The crashes occurred on a stretch of I-75 near Gainesville, FL late Saturday, January 28 and early Sunday, the 29th. It has been reported that wreckage was strewn along the road for about a mile, and the highway was closed for hours. One survivor said that the scene looked “like the end of the world.”
It appears that a patch of fog in addition to smoke from a 62-acre fire that started Saturday in Paynes Prairie, a wildlife area near the highway just south of Gainesville, resulted in extremely low visibility for drivers. A spokeswoman for the Florida Forest Service said that it was unknown how the fire started. Sadie Darnell, Alachua County Sheriff, reported that the first deputies to arrive on the scene were only able to see a few inches in front of their faces due to the smoke, fog and darkness. Rescuers could only listen for the screams of victims. At least 12 passenger cars and seven big rigs collided in both the northbound and southbound lanes of I-75. People with injuries went to Shands Hospital, and authorities hope to release the names of the victims Monday.
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