Some repairs needed for portions of I-75 where crashes occurred


Published: Monday, January 30, 2012 at 10:10 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 30, 2012 at 10:10 a.m.

The Florida Department of Transportation said a portion of the Interstate 75 pavement where the fiery crash happened early Sunday morning remains drivable but will need some repairs in the future.

The crash was one of a series of accidents that happened on I 75 late Saturday and early Sunday during a time when heavy fog and smoke combined to reduce visibility to near zero.

The fire just south of the southbound rest area near mile marker 380 demolished a Fed Ex truck, a semi, a car and a pick up, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

On Sunday evening, officials from the Florida Department of Transportation inspected the pavement where the fire happened to determine if it could be safely re-opened for traffic, according to department spokeswoman Gina Busscher.

“Our engineers felt it was drivable but may need minor surface repairs,” Busscher said. The area expected to be resurfaced is about 500 feet long and involves the center and the outside lanes, according to Busscher.

“Hopefully this work can be done in the next month,” Busscher said.

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