Authorities Investigating Whether I-75 Should Have Been Reopened Before Tragic Crash

by Carmen Dellutri on February 17, 2012

Florida truck accident attorneyFollowing the horrific crash on I-75 that claimed eleven lives, investigators are looking into whether steps could have been taken to prevent it. Like many of us, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement is specifically questioning whether the highway should have even been open at the time of the accidents.

The primary accidents began at 4 a.m. on Sunday, January 29. The interstate had been closed for several hours because of fog and smoke from a brush fire on Paynes Prairie. After Florida Highway Patrol reported that visibility improved, I-75 was reopened. Approximately 45 minutes later, the collisions occurred.

According to witnesses, smoke and fog again made it impossible for drivers to see even feet in front of them. Crashes in the southbound lanes involved six vehicles, including two semis, according to the FHP. Northbound crashes involved 10 vehicles, including two semis. In total, eleven people were killed.

While the FHP has policies for dealing with smoke/fog incidents and major road closures, it is unclear if all of those procedures were followed. This is likely something that will be addressed in the resulting investigation. We will keep you posted.


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