Five ejected in crash on I-75
Published: Friday, June 1, 2007 at 8:54 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, June 1, 2007 at 8:54 a.m.
Ten people — three women and seven children — were injured after a tire apparently blew on a sport utility vehicle traveling south on Interstate 75 near the Alachua-Columbia County line Friday morning.
A witness told troopers it appeared that the Ford Explorer had “catastrophic tire failure” at about 7 a.m. roughly two miles south of the Alachua County line, said Florida Highway Patrol spokesman Lt. Mike Burroughs. The accident occurred at about 7 a.m.
One adult and four children were ejected, Burroughs said. Injures ranged from minor to critical.
The number of the people reportedly involved in the accident changed throughout the day as troopers and others described what they said was a “chaotic” and “disturbing” scene with numerous injuries.
The crash forced road closures in both north and southbound lanes of I-75. All lanes of the interstate had reopened by 9 a.m., according to troopers.
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