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Driver seriously injured after hitting semi on I-75 after earlier accident backed up traffic

BY JENNIFER CABRERA

At 5:50 a.m. on October 28, Alachua County Fire Rescue (ACFR) and High Springs Fire Rescue were dispatched to reports of a vehicle accident on I-75 in the southbound lanes at the 39th Avenue exit. A pickup truck hit the back of a semi truck that was stopped from a previous accident. The earlier accident, at 3:20 a.m., occurred at mile marker 390 when a tire blew out on a pickup truck that was pulling a trailer and the trailer overturned, blocking the middle and right lanes in the southbound direction. Florida Highway Patrol reported at 5:44 a.m. that the road had been reopened, and the second accident happened just a few minutes later.

There was major damage to the pickup truck that hit the semi, and the driver had to be extricated with hydraulic tools (“Jaws of Life”) by pushing the dash and steering wheel off of the driver’s legs. The driver was transported to Shands ER as a trauma alert. ACFR would like to remind everyone to pay attention and slow down when driving in wet conditions. 

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