FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Two huge rigs and two passenger autos collided and spilled diesel gasoline throughout a Florida freeway Thursday, sparking a large fireplace that killed seven individuals, authorities mentioned.
The wreck occurred on Interstate 75 a few mile (1.6 kilometers) south of Alachua, close to Gainesville. The flames have been fed by about 50 gallons (189 liters) of diesel, authorities mentioned.
A number of others have been taken to the hospital, some with important accidents, the Gainesville Solar reported. Authorities initially mentioned six had died however late Thursday evening revealed a seventh sufferer had perished.
Emergency crews extinguished the hearth and mentioned they have been treating the crash as a murder investigation. The hearth was so intense that authorities mentioned it broken components of the street.
A spokesman for the Florida Freeway Patrol instructed The Related Press in a cellphone interview that their prime priorities have been to conduct an intensive investigation and to determine the deceased victims.
“There’s going to be households that should be notified that their loves ones have perished,” mentioned Lieutenant P.V. Riordan.
It’s unclear whether or not the victims have been killed within the wreck or whether or not they burned within the fireplace, which might make identification harder, he mentioned.
The aftermath closed a part of the freeway in each instructions, inflicting large delays.
The crash was within the northbound lanes, however southbound lanes have been closed for hours to maintain a route open for first responders, in response to a tweet from the Alachua County Sherriff’s workplace, which mentioned the emergency “required all arms on deck.” Authorities opened the northbound lanes round eight p.m.
Particles together with private property and car components was scattered throughout the street, the Florida Freeway Patrol mentioned.
A helicopter arrived to seek for any victims who might have been in close by woods.