FHP seeks information on I-75 pileup that left 3 dead

Marion County I-75 accident cr FHP
Three people died and two are in serious condition following a four-vehicle accident on I-75 in Marion County on Wednesday afternoon. (Courtesy FHP)

The Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) is asking for the public’s help in piecing together what happened during a four-vehicle accident on I-75 in Marion County that killed three people and seriously injured two on Wednesday afternoon.

According to the FHP, a 2017 Subaru driven by a 56-year-old Gainesville man and a tractor-trailer pulling a dump trailer were traveling south on I-75 at mile marker 337 at 1:10 p.m. when they collided.

Both vehicles then traveled southeast through the center median guard rail into the northbound I-75 lanes leading to a series of collisions that involved a 2021 Ram 3500 pickup pulling a gooseneck trailer and a 2022 Chevrolet SUV both traveling north with the tractor-trailer and pickup catching fire.

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The tractor-trailer driver—whose identity is not known—along with the 40-year-old male SUV driver from Pearland, Texas, and the male pickup driver from South Carolina were pronounced dead at the scene.

Emergency responders transported the Gainesville man to Leesburg Regional Medical Center and the 19-year-old female pickup passenger from South Carolina to Ocala Regional Medical Center. Both were listed in serious condition.

The accident shut down traffic on I-75 for hours.

FHP troopers continue to investigate the crash and are asking anyone with additional information to call *FHP (*347).

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