This past weekend, on I-75 outside of Gainesville, there was a horrific, multi-car accident that resulted in multiple fatalities and numerous injuries. The awful crash, that has claimed ten lives thus far, took place early Sunday and is being blamed on “low visibility” by investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board. In addition to the ten people killed, eighteen others were hospitalized.
Conditions were so awful that rescue workers had to locate victims by their screams – the fog was so thick that nobody could see anything; not the drivers who crashed fatally and not the rescuers who searched frantically for any signs of life among the carnage. An unknown survivor of the crash has been quoted as saying that the wreckage strewn across I-75 made the scene look like “the end of the world.” The pictures of the crash are horrific; they are reminiscent of scenes from the film 2012 in which mass chaos suddenly erupts on highways all over the world.
I-75 was finally reopened on Monday morning as investigators continued to try to determine the true initial cause of the crash that sent people to the morgue and hospital and sent a highway full of drivers into absolute chaos. From what investigators have learned so far, the cause of the low visibility is being reported as smoke and ensuing fog caused by a brushfire near I-75. Despite the fact that there was no deliberate negligence by drivers or criminal activity on the highway, this case may evolve from a mere tragic turn of natural events to a criminal investigation. People involved with the investigation have reason to believe that the fires were started intentionally; they believe this is a deadly example of the harmful effects of arson.
In addition to arson, other means of negligence may be involved. Apparently, the spot where the accident took place had been closed off previously due to the complete lack of visibility caused by the brushfire. Then, early Sunday morning, somebody made the decision to reopen that section of I-75, and it was only because the highway was reopened that cars were driving through the fog and ended up causing the horrific accident that the country has been hearing about for the past couple of days.
So, it’s obvious that the highway shouldn’t have been reopened when it was. The question at hand is, did the person who made the call to reopen the highway make the judgment in error? I.e., was there reason to believe that conditions had improved, or was he bending to pressure from higher authorities I-75 reopened? In addition to the issue of negligence, the search is underway for anyone who might have been involved with starting the deadly fire that led to the low visibility which, in turn, was the cause of multiple deaths.
The smoke and fog could not have been contained by anyone driving on I-75 on Sunday morning. However, staying focused while behind the wheel can dramatically increase response time and may come in handy when unforeseen events plague the road in front of you.
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