OCALA, Fla. — UPDATE: The Florida Highway Patrol has just released an official report of what caused Wednesday afternoon’s accident that took the lives of three people.
According to the report, a 2017 Subaru and a semitruck pulling a dump trailer were traveling south on Interstate 75.
The Subaru and the semi came into contact with each other. Both vehicles lost control causing them to travel through the center guard rail and into northbound traffic.
A series of collisions resulted. A 2021 Ram 3500 pulling a gooseneck trailer and a 2022 Chevrolet SUV traveling northbound were both involved in the violent wreck.
Once the semitruck and SUV came to a stop they became engulfed in flames.
Drivers of the tractor-trailer, Ram 3500 and the SUV were pronounced dead on the scene. The driver of the Subaru and the passenger of the RAM were both transported to local hospitals were their conditions are unknown at this time.
ORIGINAL STORY: Three people died Wednesday afternoon in a fiery crash involving a tractor-trailer that shut down the northbound lanes of Interstate 75 in Marion County, the Florida Highway Patrol said.
Troopers said the crash was reported shortly before 1:15 p.m. at mile marker 337 near State Road 44.
Investigators said a large amount of “debris, vehicles and burnt materials” was strewn across the interstate.
The northbound lanes were closed as investigators mapped the scene and gathered evidence.
One northbound lane has reopened. Drivers are advised to seek other routes until the road has fully reopened.
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