19 cited in October I-75 pileup crash - FOX 13 News

19 cited in October I-75 pileup crash

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The Florida Highway Patrol has finished its investigation into October's large pileup crash on Interstate 75. Though weather was cited as a factor, troopers say "driver error" was also a contributing cause and 19 drivers were cited.

It was after a small rainstorm back on October 5 when the pileup happened on I-75's southbound lanes near the University Parkway overpass. The road was closed for six hours as the victims were rescued and the scene cleaned up.

FHP's final tally on the pileup:

  • 21 traffic crashes involving 53 vehicles
  • 52 injuries
  • 22 were injured badly enough to require hospitalization
  • 2 victims flown from scene
  • No deaths

"Drivers are reminded they must consider real-time roadway conditions and pattern their driving behavior to accommodate roadway conditions as they are encountered," concluded the FHP's report on the incident.

Editor's note: a previous version of this story reported that 18 citations had been issued because of incorrect information provided by the FHP. Today, they issued a media release saying the correct number is 19.

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