A 62-acre Florida brush fire is being blamed in the I-75 truck and car pileup that took 10 lives and injured dozens more this weekend, but new information has the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) under fire for its decision to re-open the highway to more traffic after the first crash.
FHP responded early Sunday morning to a 3-car crash along the smoky stretch of I-75 near Gainesville and closed the road to all traffic. The responding patrolmen decided the highway was safe enough for travel and re-opened the highway just minutes before the second crash that ultimately led to the multi-car pileup. Florida Gov. Rick Scott has ordered an investigation into that decision. At least a dozen cars, six tractor-trailers and a motor home collided pushing drivers under the crumpling trucks.
According to the Associated Press a similarly deadly crash killed four and injured 38 people back in 2008 on I-4, just 125 miles south of Sunday’s crash.
For questions regarding truck and auto accidents, contact the legal team at the Law Offices of Robert Rubenstein at 1-800-FL-LEGAL (355-3425). The firm handles cases all over Florida with offices in Miami-Dade and Broward counties.