Two tractor-trailers, a passenger van and a midsize sedan were involved in a crash on Interstate 75 southbound near Gainesville, Florida.
One of the vehicles was a van with a group of children who were heading to Disney World. The accident occurred Thursday afternoon at mile marker 393 on I-75 southbound. It was a very large scene. Seven people are dead and other seven injured were transported to hospital. Some of them have critical injuries. Five of the accident victims who died were in the passenger van. A tractor-trailer was in flames. Diesel fuel spill sparked a massive fire. The fire was so intense that authorities said it damaged parts of the road.
A helicopter landed on scene and searched for any victims who may have been in the woods. Authorities extinguished the fire, but the aftermath caused a portion of the interstate to be closed in both directions, causing massive delays Thursday evening. Southbound traffic was diverted in Alachua. The officials are treating the accident as a pending homicide investigation but didn't say why. FHP handled the crash investigation with help from other agencies including the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office and Alachua County Fire Rescue. Their top priorities were to conduct a thorough investigation and to identify the deceased victims. Debris including personal property and vehicle parts including engine parts was scattered across the road,