GAINESVILLE, Fla. (January 30, 2012)--The Florida Highway Patrol said Monday there was a three-vehicle crash just hours before a series of pileups that killed 10 people on the same stretch of Interstate 75.
According to the report released Monday, heavy smoke and fog resulted in low visibility along I-75 south of Gainesville late Saturday.
At around 11:55 p.m. Saturday, a tractor-trailer hit a Toyota in the northbound lanes and a Lexus then hit the back of the truck.
Authorities say a passenger in the Lexus was taken to a hospital in serious condition.
The Highway Patrol closed I-75 and nearby U.S. 441 a short time later, because of worsening road conditions, but highway was then reopened early Sunday and a series of pileups began around 3:45 a.m., some of them fatal.
The highway was shut down most of Sunday as investigators pored through the wreckage and police notified the relatives of victims.