GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB/AP)– 8:20PM UPDATE: An FHP spokesperson has confirmed 7 people are now dead in a crash that happened on I-75SB Thursday afternoon. Northbound lanes have also now been re-opened.
TRAFFIC UPDATE: According to Alachua County deputies, the Northbound lanes will be opening in 10-15 minutes.
Expect heavy & slow traffic northbound. Southbound remains closed and will be for an extended time.
SB closed between 39th Av & US 441. Seek an alternate route if you are southbound.
UPDATE: UF Health has opened its Patient and Family Resources Hotline for concerned family and friends at 352-594-4454 or 352-594-4244. These lines will be open until 9:00 p.m.
A local first responder source confirms to TV20 that more than 6 people have died. Awaiting numbers from UF Health.
-I-75 northbound lanes could be back open before midnight
-No timeline yet on reopening southbound lanes
The Florida Highway Patrol says two tractor-trailer rigs and two passenger vehicle were involved in Thursday’s wreck on Interstate 75 about a mile (1.6 kilometers) south of Alachua, near Gainesville. Authorities say the fire was ignited after about 50 gallons (189 liters) of diesel spilled onto the highway.
UPDATE: As of now, ACFR has confirmed 6 people dead, 8 people have been taken to hospitals, and multiple people with critical injuries.
Six were taken to Shands Hospital, and two others were taken to North Florida Regional.
50 gallons of gas spilled on the highway, but the fire is out now.
FHP, Alachua County Sheriff’s deputies, and Alachua County Fire Rescue are responding to a serious accident on MM 393 I-75 southbound.
Vehicles on fire, multiple fatalities, and critical injuries have been reported.
The ACFR’s UAV team and ASO’s AIR 1 helicopter are responding to help with locating possible patients that may be in the woods