One person died and several were injured in the second semi truck crash in two days on Interstate 75 in Marion County. Recently, a semi crashed into an RV in Micanopy, killing a passenger and injuring six other people. Then on Saturday morning, a semi trying to avoid a back-up from an earlier collision swerved and hit a guardrail. The semi then struck a van and several cars.
The first truck accident was on a Friday in Micanopy, south of Gainesville. An RV carrying the band Adrenaline Mob had pulled to the side of the highway to change a tire. The band was also traveling in a GMC van which had pulled to the side of the road with the RV. The Florida Highway Patrol said that the semi-trailer was hauling cooking oil from Atlanta to Orlando. The RV caught fire.
Patrick Dumon, a corporal in the Marine Corps, told a reporter for the Ocala Star Banner that he was driving northbound on I-75 when he came across the accident. With the RV apparently on fire, Dumon pulled the driver and two passengers from the vehicle and administered first aid until emergency crews arrived.
Out of the nine people in the vehicles involved, one died and six were injured. Ambulances took the injured to North Florida Regional Medical Center and UF Health Shands Hospital.
Second Truck Crash in 12 Hours
The second truck accident happened about 30 miles south, less than 12 hours later. That pile up involved nine vehicles, including four tractor trailers. Traffic was at a standstill from an earlier accident, and a semi that couldn’t stop in time smashed into a guardrail and then several other vehicles. Emergency workers declared one person dead at the scene. Hundreds of gallons of fuel spilled on to the highway, blocking southbound lanes for hours.
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