5 seriously injured in Monday I-75 accident

Five people are in serious condition following the Monday accident on I-75 northbound at Alachua exit 399, which involved nine vehicles. 

According to a Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) report released Wednesday afternoon, the incident started around 5 p.m. when a 2018 Dodge pickup pulling a utility trailer driven by a 32-year-old High Springs man attempted to avoid a vehicle in front of him. He swerved to the left, where he was struck by a 2005 Volvo tractor trailer driven by a 36-year-old Dallas man who was also attempting to move to his left. 

Following the initial collision, seven more vehicles either struck each other or the concrete barrier wall. Once the tractor trailer stopped, it caught fire and spilled a large amount of diesel fuel, according to the report.

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According to an Alachua County Sheriff’s Office Twitter post on Monday, the accident and cleanup blocked all three northbound lanes on I-75. 

The accident involved a total of 15 people in the nine vehicles, including three children. The following is a list of the vehicles and a description of the people involved, including injury status:

  • 2018 Dodge Ram pickup
    • Driver, male, 32, High Springs (serious condition)
    • Passenger, male, 36, High Springs (uninjured) 
    • Passenger, male, unknown age, Fort White (uninjured)
  • 2005 Volvo tractor trailer combination
    • Driver, male, 36, Dallas, Texas (serious condition)
  • 2001 Honda Accord
    • Driver, female, 35, Fort White (serious condition)
  • 2017 Toyota Yaris
    • Driver, male, 51, Gainesville (serious condition)
  • 2015 GMC Yukon
    • Driver, female, 36, High Springs (uninjured)
    • Passenger, male, 45, High Springs (uninjured)
    • Passenger, male, 4, High Springs (uninjured)
    • Passenger, female, 6, High Springs (uninjured)
    • Passenger, female, 7, High Springs (uninjured) 
  • 2017 Jeep Wrangler
    • Driver, male, 53, High Springs (uninjured)
  • 2006 Dodge van
    • Driver, male, 31, Fort White (uninjured)
  • 20016 Chrysler 200
    • Driver, female, 32, Williston (serious condition)
  • 2020 Nissan Rogue
    • Driver, male, 22, Gainesville (uninjured)

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