Two Dead in Fiery Multi-Vehicle Crash in New Tampa
New Tampa, FL (11/13/2019) – Two people died in an eight-vehicle crash Wednesday night. The collision happened on I-75 near mile marker 272 around 6 pm.
Reports from the Pasco fire rescue said two people died at the scene of the crash, and EMTs transported six others to the hospital. Paramedics took care of two other victims at the scene.
The northbound lanes of I-75 closed Wednesday night until 8 am the next day. Police did not release the identities of the two victims. According to accident reports, the collision involved a total of eight vehicles.
Reports said that traffic slowed a semi-truck did not slow down. It moved into the center lane to avoid a collision. It then rear-ended a Chevrolet Equinox, which hit a Buick Verano, which hit a BMW. The semi-truck continued forward and hit a Mercedes and the back of another semi-truck.
Fire rescue said that the Mercedes got trapped between the two semi’s, and the first semi ended up on top of the Mercedes. Both got engulfed in flames. Both drivers perished.
The cause of the crash remains under investigation.
Our hearts go out to all of those impacted by this tragedy. Car accidents like this one occur far too often in Florida. It’s essential that fatal car accidents be thoroughly investigated so that the cause of the collision can be understood, and the responsible party can be identified and, if warranted, held accountable.
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