One man killed in crash involving semis on I-75 near Micanopy
Published: Wednesday, October 2, 2013 at 5:16 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, October 2, 2013 at 5:49 p.m.
OCALA — One man died and one woman was injured in a traffic crash Wednesday afternoon on northbound Interstate 75 between Irvine and Micanopy.
According to Florida Highway Patrol troopers, a different crash had occurred in Alachua County at mile marker 370, about four miles north of the intersection of County Road 318, which is the Orange Lake/Irvine exit in Marion County. Because of that crash, traffic began to back up.
Troopers said a Dollar General semi-trailer hauling household bleach had come to a near stop in the right lane about two miles north of the CR 318 intersection when another semi, which was carrying no cargo, rear-ended the Dollar General rig.
The driver of the second semi was taken to UF Health Shands Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
The driver of the Dollar General semi, Michelle Richardson-Lozano, 43, of Gainesville, was taken to Shands with minor injuries. A passenger in her semi, Jon Lytle, of South Florida, was not injured.
Lytle said they had left Lakeland and were headed to Alachua to deliver the bleach, which would have ended their shift for the day.
Jessica Greene, a spokeswoman with Marion County Fire Rescue, said about 50 gallons of diesel fuel spilled in the accident, along with the contents of 15 one-gallon containers of bleach.
Northbound traffic was backed up for miles as only one lane of the highway remained open for about two hours while workers cleared the vehicles and cleaned up the fluids.
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