FHP: Driver error contributed to 50-vehicle pileup on I-75

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SARASOTA - An extensive investigation into a 53-vehicle pile-up along I-75 in October has found driver error to be a contributing factor, in addition to inclement weather.

The pile-up happened October 5th on Interstate 75 along the University Parkway overpass near mile marker 213 during a heavy downpour.

According to Florida Highway Patrol, the pileup involved a total of 21 crashes among the 53 vehicles.  There were no fatalities, but 22 people were taken to area hospitals for treatment, including 2 that were flown via helicopter.

While the heavy rainstorm was initially cited as a factor in the crash, FHP determined that driver error was also a contributing factor.  18 traffic citations have been issued in connection to the crash.