One of the most horrific multi-car accident occurred in Florida over the weekend along Interstate 75 near Gainesville. Law enforcement officers believe that poor visibility partially contributed to the fatal Florida accident that killed 10 people and seriously injured another 18 people. The wreckage from the pileup collision may take days to sort through as more than 12 passenger cars and six semi trucks were involved.
The chain-reaction rear-end accident took place around 3:45 a.m. Sunday. As emergency medical services personnel arrived on the scene they could only respond to the screams and moans for help because visibility was so limited by a nearby brush fire and fog. The collisions also cause several car fires along the stretch of accidents, as small passenger cars and trucks lit on fire after striking other vehicles.
I-75 was shut down for most of the morning Sunday while investigators and numerous law enforcement agencies tried to clear the wreckage while searching for clues about how such an awful number of collisions could have happened.
Once reporters and news media personnel arrived on scene Sunday, they were confronted with a scene that was out a Hollywood movie, they said. Dead bodies were still visible inside some of the cars and many of the passenger vehicles were obliterated under the larger commercial and semi trucks.
It will likely take months to fully understand how the chain-reaction car accidents occurred on a quiet morning along I-75. Family of the people injured in the collision or fatally injured in the crashes may wish consult with a Florida attorney who can preserve evidence from the scene of the collision.
Source: USA Today, "Cause sought for deadly Fla. Highway pileup," 1/30/2012