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Several Fatal Accidents and Smoke Close I-75 In Alachua County

10:35 AM, Jan 30, 2012   |    comments
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Authorities are still trying to determine what caused a horrific pileup on Interstate 75 in north-central Florida that left at least 10 people dead and injured at least 18 others.
 
The pileups of cars and trucks happened around 3:45 a.m. Sunday on both sides of I-75 south of Gainesville.
 
Police say the dark Florida highway was so shrouded in haze and smoke that drivers were blinded.
 
Authorities say the interstate had been closed for a time before the accidents because of a mixture of fog and heavy smoke from a brush fire that may have been intentionally set. It was reopened when visibility was deemed to have improved.
 
The highway was shut down most of Sunday as investigators pored through the wreckage and police notified the relatives of victims.

Associated Press, USA TODAY

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