There are more questions than answers after a horrible crash in Florida left 10 people dead and at least 18 more injured early on Sunday morning. Drivers were apparently blinded by fog and smoke, and the scene was so horrific that the crash is making national headlines.
The pileup involved at least six semi tractor trailer trucks and dozens of other vehicles. Four of the fatalities were thought to be from one passenger car. Most of the names of the victims have yet to be released. In the meantime, authorities are asking two big questions: What started the fire, and why was the road allowed to re-open after it had already been closed due to poor visibility?
The crash, which happened on Interstate 75 near Gainesville, was likely caused by the poor visibility due to a brush fire that authorities believe may have been set intentionally hours earlier. According to CBS News, there were no other burns in the area and no reports of lightning strikes.
At least six victims were still in trauma units while others waited in emergency rooms. All six lanes of the interstate were closed for a time. While the northbound lanes have since re-opened, the southbound lanes had not. Authorities say the accident, during which several vehicles burst into flames, left much of the road’s asphalt melted.
A man who escaped injury in the accident says the scene was like a nightmare. He could apparently hear people screaming and cars hitting each other. With all the smoke, no one could see much of anything. He tells CBS News, “People were crying. People were screaming. It was crazy.”
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