Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019|3:53 p.m.
GAINESVILLE, Fla.– 6 individuals passed away after a crash and diesel fuel spill sparked a massive fire on a Florida interstate Thursday afternoon, highway authorities said.
2 tractor-trailer rigs and two guest vehicles were associated with the wreck on Interstate 75 about a mile (1.6 kilometers) south of Alachua, near Gainesville, the Florida Highway Patrol said. The fire was sparked after about 50 gallons (189 liters) of diesel spilled onto the highway, authorities stated.
A helicopter arrived on scene to look for injured individuals who may have been in the woods along the crash scene that Alachua County Sheriff’s authorities described as an “extensive scene.”
8 others were taken to the health center, some with critical injuries, the Gainesville Sunreported.
Authorities extinguished the fire, however the after-effects triggered a part of the interstate to be closed in both instructions, causing huge hold-ups Thursday night.
The Alachua County Sherriff’s workplace tweeted that the crash remained in the northbound lanes however that the southbound lanes were closed to keep a path open for first responders, stating it “needed all hands on deck” and cautioning “the closure is going to be prolonged.”
The Florida Highway Patrol stated a big quantity of personal property, burnt automobiles and car parts scattered across the roadway.
Authorities said they are treating it as a pending homicide examination.