Last Sunday, a highway pileup left 10 people dead in Florida. The cause was haze and smoke which blanketed the highway causing instant blindness to drivers.
Rescuers immediately arrived at the scene but were unable to get to work immediately. Even they could not see the accident site. They relied on the screams and moans of the survivors in order to find them. Authorities are still trying to figure out the cause of the pileup on Interstate 75, south of Gainesville. The said area has been closed before due to fog and heavy smoke. Reports are saying that the smoke came from a brush fire which may have been set intentionally.
Hours after the accident, when the road was clear, firemen and rescuers were busy at work putting out fires and pulling people, both alive and dead, out of their wrecked vehicles. At the scene, you could see cars crushed beneath huge trucks, tractor-trailers burned down, and bodies still inside their cars and there were bodies inside a burned-out Grand Prix.
The lanes of the interstate, all six of them, were closed most of Sunday afternoon. Authorities surveyed the site while fire fighters still put out fires. 18 people were sent to the hospital that day. The I – 75 was reopened around 5: 30 PM EST, but only the northbound lane was opened.
Above you can see the aftermath photos of the pileup courtesy of Phil Sandlin of Associated Press.
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