BY JENNIFER CABRERA
LAKE CITY, Fla. – The Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) has released additional information about the New Year’s Eve crash on I-75 that killed three people. The report stated that more specific information will be released once the large-scale investigation is completed.
The three people killed in the crash were two men and a woman from Chicago, IL. More than 45 people were involved in the crash, and the exact number of injuries is still being determined. Patients were transported to Lake City Medical Center and to UF Health Shands; some also drove themselves to a medical facility.
For reasons yet to be determined, a series of collisions involving 21 vehicles occurred at 12:40 a.m. on January 1 in foggy conditions near the 414 mile marker on I-75. The vehicles involved were a Ford F150, a white transit van, a Lexus RX 300, a Lexus RX 350, a Nissan 3500 van & trailer, a Toyota RAV4, a Toyota Corolla, a Nissan Altima, a Lincoln Navigator, a Ford F250, a Dodge Ram pickup & trailer, a Nissan Sentra, a Ford Maverick pickup & trailer, a Nissan Altima, a Ford Mustang, a Kia Soul, a Chevrolet Suburban, a Subaru Outback, a TEMSA Charter Bus (which had fifteen passengers on board), a Toyota Camry, and a Nissan Altima.
After FHP’s Major Crash Investigation Unit finished mapping the scene, collecting evidence, and removing all persons, vehicles, and debris, the Interstate was reopened at 12:40 p.m.