Jump To Navigation
Findlaw News

APNewsBreak: FL troopers erred before fatal crash

April 26, 2012

A Florida Highway Patrol sergeant expressed concerns about reopening an interstate highway shortly before two massive crashes that killed 11 people.

A report obtained Thursday by The Associated Press says the FHP erred in reopening fog- and smoke-shrouded Interstate 75 shortly before the crash in January.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement report, though, said there were no criminal violations.

At least a dozen cars and pickup trucks, six semi-trailer trucks and a motorhome collided in north Florida near Gainesville. Some vehicles burst into flames, making it difficult to identify the victims.

The highway was blanketed with smoke from a wildfire as well as fog.

The report also makes recommendations officials decide whether to change protocols for determining when to shut down and reopen highways.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Back to Main