First I-75 crash reports released

Officials work at the scene of a multi-vehicle wreck on Interstate 75 at Paynes Prairie on Sunday south of Gainesville.

Matt Stamey/The Gainesville Sun
Published: Monday, January 30, 2012 at 9:27 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 30, 2012 at 9:27 a.m.

The Florida Highway Patrol has released the first of what are expected to be several reports detailing the horrific crashes on Interstate 75 late Saturday and early Sunday.

The multiple crashes killed 10 people and injured at least 21.

The report released Monday morning detailed what happened in what may have been the first crash involving the first injury.

Trooper M.J. Todd wrote in the report that three vehicles were involved in the crash at 11:55 p.m. Saturday: a 2012 Freightliner semi being driven by Myron P. Allen, 59, of Tennessee; a 2000 Toyota SUV being driven by Andrew R. Kusel, 20, of Port St. Lucie; and a 2002 Lexus SUV being driven by Tramel S. Moss, 32, of Gainesville. Moss had one passenger, Willee Moss, 59, also of Gainesville.

The only person injured was Willee Moss, who was taken to Shands at the University of Florida in serious condition.

Todd said all three vehicles were headed north in the center lane of I-75 when the crash happened near mile marker 380, which is two miles south of the Williston Road exit.

“There was heavy smoke in the area, causing low visibility,” Todd wrote in his report. He then provided the following account.

The semi tried to avoid the Toyota by steering to the right. The left front of the semi hit the right rear of the Toyota. As the semi and the Toyota were coming to a stop, the front of the Lexus hit the back of the semi's trailer, becoming entrapped.

The semi, with the Lexus lodged beneath it, came to a stop partially in the center and right lanes, according to Todd, while the Toyota came to a stop in the median.

No charges were filed.

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