At least seven people were killed Friday in a fiery crash on Florida's interstate 75 near Gainesville. Witnesses say at least two passenger vehicles and 2 big rigs were involved in the catastrophic collision.
CBS4 is reporting, “Five children traveling in a van from Louisiana to Disney World were among the seven people killed in a fiery crash on I-75 between Gainesville and Alachua Thursday."
The Florida Highway Patrol says the crash happened about 3:40 p.m. when a semi and a sedan heading north on I-75 collided and drove through the guardrail, the center median and into the southbound lanes.
Fox News reports, “The Florida Highway Patrol said two tractor-trailer rigs and two passenger vehicles were involved in the crash, which unfolded about a mile south of Alachua. Alachua County Fire Rescue reported that flames ignited after 50 gallons of diesel fuel spilled on the highway.”
“Emergency crews extinguished the fire and said they were treating the crash as a homicide investigation, but did not say why. The fire was so intense that authorities said it damaged parts of the road.”
"Two tractor-trailer rigs, a passenger van, and mid-sized sedan were involved in the fiery crash in the southbound lanes at mile marker 393 north of Northwest 39th Avenue. It was reported about 3:33 p.m.on Thursday."
Alachua County Sheriff’s spokesman Art Forgey said that “dispatch records indicate one of the vehicles was a van with a group of children who were heading to Disney World.
“He said the agency was working to verify that information. It appears other vehicles that had been traveling with the same group were not involved in the accident.”
Please join us in praying for the families of the people who lost their lives in this horrific event.