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

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Posted: Thursday, December 6, 2012 4:54 pm | Updated: 2:22 pm, Mon Jan 27, 2014.

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.

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1 comment:

  • Mikmal posted at 6:59 am on Sat, Dec 8, 2012.

    Mikmal Posts: 28

    Seems almost every time that you hear of one of these multi-car accidents, the blame is put on the weather. The problem is that people drive too fast to be able to stop within their sight distance.
    Glad to hear that in this case no one was killed.



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