Florida interstate crash kills at least 7, injures 7 more


At least seven people were killed and seven others were injured Thursday 3/1/2019 in a multivehicle crash on Interstate 75 near Gainesville, Florida, investigators said.
The Florida Highway Patrol said two tractor-trailer rigs and two passenger vehicles were involved in the crash, which unfolded about a mile south of Alachua. Alachua County Fire Rescue reported that flames ignited after 50 gallons of diesel fuel spilled on the highway.
Emergency crews extinguished the fire and said they were treating the crash as a homicide investigation, but did not say why. The fire was so intense that authorities said it damaged parts of the road
Fire Rescue said that “multiple patients” had suffered “critical injuries,” but did not specify how many. Authorities initially said six had died but late Thursday night revealed a seventh victim had perished
At one point, the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office dispatched a helicopter to look for potential victims in the woods off the highway.

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