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At Least 10 dead in Florida Pileup Interstate 75 Car Crashes -- News Story

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Published on Jan 29, 2012

Interstate 75 Car Crashes: Florida Pileup Kills At Least 10
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video-At least 10 dead in Florida in multiple crashes 29/01/12
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10 Killed In Massive Highway Pileup
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Reports say a long line of cars and trucks collided one after another early Sunday on a dark Florida highway so shrouded in haze and smoke that drivers were instantly blinded. Reports say At least 10 people were killed.It was said when rescuers first arrived, they could only listen for screams and moans because the poor visibility made it difficult to find victims in the wreckage.It was said authorities were still trying to determine what caused the pileup south of Gainesville on Interstate 75, which had been closed for a time before the accidents because of the mixture of fog and heavy smoke from a brush fire that may have been intentionally set. At least a dozen cars and six tractor-trailers were involved, and some burst into flames.It was said the scene revealed an aftermath that resembled a Hollywood disaster movie.It was said some reporters who were allowed to view the site saw bodies still inside a burned-out Grand Prix. One tractor-trailer was burned down to its skeleton, charred pages of books and magazines in its cargo area. And the tires of every vehicle had burned away, leaving only steel belts.Cars and trucks were on fire all around according to reports. Witnesses said "It was happening on both sides of the road, so there was nowhere to go.Reports say authorities had not released the names of victims but said one passenger car had four fatalities and a "tour bus-like" vehicle also was involved in the pileup.At least 18 people were taken to a hospital.All six lanes of the interstate which runs virtually the entire length of Florida were closed most of Sunday afternoon as investigators surveyed the site and firefighters put out the last of the flames.The northbound lanes of I-75 were reopened around 5:30 p.m. EST, but the southbound lanes remained closed.Reports say It is not clear when the highway would fully reopen because part of the road melted, police said.At some point before the pileup, police briefly closed the highway because of the fog and smoke. The road was reopened when visibility improved.
Traffic was being diverted much of Sunday onto U.S. 301 and State Road 27 authorities said.It was said the fire had burned 62 acres and was contained but still burning Sunday. A similar fire nearby has been burning since mid-November because the dried vegetation is so thick and deep. No homes are threatened reports say.Four years ago, heavy fog and smoke were blamed for another serious crash.
In January 2008, four people were killed and 38 injured in a series of similar crashes on Interstate 4 between Orlando and Tampa, about 125 miles south of Sunday's crash. More than 70 vehicles were involved in those crashes, including one pileup that involved 40 vehicles.
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