Timeline of events related to the Interstate 75 crashes
Published: Sunday, January 29, 2012 at 10:05 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 29, 2012 at 10:05 p.m.
Times are estimates. Compiled from interviews with law enforcement and witnesses.
2:45 p.m. -- Brush fire reported at Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park, which is bisected by Interstate 75 and U.S. 441.
11:45 p.m. -- After a crash on 441 is caused by smoke from the fire, police divert traffic to I-75.
Midnight -- Florida Highway Patrol closes I-75 for the first time.
3-3:30 a.m. -- Interstate reopened.
3:30-4 a.m. -- Fatal accidents on I-75.
4 a.m. -- I-75 closed again, sending traffic through Williston and Hawthorne as the normal detour, U.S. 441, remained closed.
11 a.m. -- U.S. 441 reopened.
5:45 p.m. -- Northbound I-75 reopened.
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