I-75 semi crash kills one, injures one

The driver of a tractor-trailer died in a collision south of Gainesville.
The driver of a tractor-trailer died and a passenger was injured in a collision with another tractor-trailer on I-75 just south of Gainesville.
Courtesy of Alachua County Fire Rescue

A 55-year-old Fitzgerald, Georgia, man was killed and his passenger was injured when their tractor-trailer rear-ended a slower-moving tractor-trailer on Interstate 75 south of Gainesville early Wednesday morning.

According to a Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) release, the Fitzgerald man was driving northbound at 2:36 a.m. around mile marker 380 south of the rest area along Paynes Prairie when he collided with a slower-moving tractor-trailer driven by a 34-year-old Miami Gardens, Florida, man.

In an Alachua County Fire Rescue (ACFR) release, units from ACFR, Gainesville Fire Rescue and the Micanopy Fire Department responded. The Fitzgerald man was entrapped in the semi cab and had to be extracted. A 10-year-old female passenger from Fitzgerald, Georgia, had minor injuries and was able to exit the semi cab on her own.

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Emergency responders transported both Fitzgerald, Georgia, tractor-trailer occupants to the hospital.

The Miami Gardens, Florida, tractor-trailer driver was not injured.

Emergency responders extricated a tractor-trailer driver
Courtesy of Alachua County Fire Rescue Emergency responders extricated a tractor-trailer driver on Wednesday morning following a collision with another tractor-trailer on Interstate 75 south of Gainesville.
A tractor-trailer rear-ended another tractor-trailer on I-75 south of Gainesville.
Courtesy of Alachua County Fire Rescue A tractor-trailer rear-ended another tractor-trailer just south of Gainesville on Interstate 75 early Wednesday morning.

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