Drivers on a stretch of Interstate 75 in Florida found themselves in the midst of a scene from a nightmare early Sunday morning. Fog and smoke from a nearby brush fire combined to significantly reduce visibility, which resulted in a massive pile up just south of Gainesville involving 12 cars and six or seven semi trucks. The collisions began at 3:45AM EST and police have confirmed at least 10 deaths associated with the incident and ensuing vehicle fires. All six lanes of the highway are closed now as investigators work to discern exactly what caused the tragedy.

According to reports, the smoke and fog were still heavy when rescuers arrived, forcing emergency personnel to listen for screams and cries in the darkness. The wreckage was spread over a mile across both sides of the interstate. Around 18 people were injured and taken to local hospitals for treatment, though their conditions are unknown at this time.

Authorities had closed the highway earlier in the day due to poor visibility, but later opened the road again when the smoke appeared to have cleared. Follow the jump for a Reuters news report on the incident.



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      lorenzo
      • 3 Years Ago
      I heard they had the road closed, then reopened it - then this happened. they are searching for the guy that set the fire, maybe they should be looking for the guy that reopened the road....
        ufgrat
        • 3 Years Ago
        @lorenzo
        Conditions cleared... then the wind changed, and the conditions got very bad, very fast.
      • 3 Years Ago
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        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        It's a brush fire in Florida during the winter. Probably wasn't an arsonist. We get winters down here that dry the hell out of plants, which results in perfect fuel for brush fires. A brush fire can start from anything, all is needed is just a spark.
        ufgrat
        • 3 Years Ago
        Was "man made", but they don't know if it was deliberate or accidental. They're still investigating.
      Red Giant
      • 3 Years Ago
      The parents of my wife's friend were involved in this. They had pulled off the road behind a tractor trailer and were sandwiched between it and another truck. The woman is in a medically induced coma while the hospital is monitoring brain swelling and the man is strapped in hotizontal traction for the next few weeks. Lucky to be alive at all from the photo i saw
        Brian
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Red Giant
        I am very sorry to hear that your wife's friend's parents were involved. I hope that both pull through okay as well as the other injured motorists and passengers. I could not imagine being the witness to something like that, let alone a person involved in the accident.
        RedHoodJT
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Red Giant
        Wow. I am so sorry. That is horrible. I will pray for them, as I have been for the past few days. Prayer works.
      Shinkaze
      • 3 Years Ago
      Mercedes auto brakes would have been useful....To that one car. ...but it wouldn't stop the clunker coming up the rear with dusted out brakes and a driver yapping on blue tooth. As someone who spends a lot of time in LA traffic, I can say that on the highway......folks are asleep at the wheel. No governance solution is going to cure a primate in a cage suffering from bordeom on the morning commute.
      markschulte1@gmail.com
      It's envelop, not envelope.
        Marc Swankhuizen
        • 3 Years Ago
        @markschulte1@gmail.com
        A human tragedy and you correct spelling mistakes. Well done sir...
          Elmo
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Marc Swankhuizen
          Slizzo, Autoblog IS NOT a news source. They are a BLOG. Hence the name.
          Slizzo
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Marc Swankhuizen
          While the deaths and injuries are tragic, a news source has an obligation to at least use proper spelling and grammar when reporting on the deaths of others.
      The R
      • 3 Years Ago
      AB, you used the wrong "envelope" in your title. It should be "envelop". One is a noun, the other is a verb. I still can't get over how many spelling and grammar mistakes there are in AB headlines and articles. It blows my mind. I'm not trying to be a d-bag about things, but millions of people view your site, so by using improper grammar, you're effectively promoting this type of behavior.
        untitledfolder
        • 3 Years Ago
        @The R
        Also, the period always goes within the quotes. You should know this before you criticize anyone else's grammar. Nice run-on sentence too.
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      guyverfanboy
      • 3 Years Ago
      That's awful. :(
      Hampton
      • 3 Years Ago
      Mercedes has that system that stops the car upon an impending collision (Pre safe?).Perhaps due to some very bad autobahn fog related pile ups. It would probably have been of some benefit here. Maybe in the years to come the tech will trickle down to all cars
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        kqr
        • 3 Years Ago
        Whose intelligence, yours? Your comment managed to be asinine on several levels at once. That's quite an accomplishment. Irony is ironic.
      tributetodrive
      • 3 Years Ago
      I have to wonder if someone decided to slam on the breaks while in the smoke leading to the pile up.
      • 3 Years Ago
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