Skip to comments.52 hurt in multiple-vehicle pileup on I-75 in Florida
Posted on 10/06/2012 12:01:14 PM PDT by Blue Highway
(CNN) -- Fifty-two people were hurt Friday in a pileup involving dozens of vehicles on an interstate highway on Florida's Gulf Coast, police said.
The accident, which occurred about 3:30 p.m., involved at least 46 vehicles in the southbound lanes of I-75 on the Manatee/Sarasota county line, said Lt. Chris Miller with the Florida Highway Patrol. Twenty-two people, three of them in critical condition, were taken to area hospitals, he said.
None of the injuries was considered life-threatening, he said. "Quite a few had minor injuries that didn't require transport," he said.
The incident occurred about the time an afternoon thunderstorm struck, he said. "Weather was a contributing factor."
The Sarasota County Fire Department said that 29 people were taken to hospitals.
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It would be interesting to see how many PIP and BI claims are filed....
I've no doubt that speeding, tailgating and a general failure to take prevailing conditions into account were also "contributing factors."
Salad days are here if you own an auto-body shop in the Sarasota area.
The incident occurred about the time an afternoon thunderstorm struck, he said. “Weather was a contributing factor.”
I’ve no doubt that speeding, tailgating and a general failure to take prevailing conditions into account were also “contributing factors.”
I travel this route everyday. I’m sure you are right. University Parkway exit where this accident occurred is ALWAYS heavy traffic, slow, and a lot of lane changing. Tailgating and aggressive driving are huge problems all along this stretch of 75. Luckily I travel north on 75 in the afternoon and only took an extra hour to get home yesterday.
Sarasota has been having quick afternoon torrential downpours. I’m sure visibility and slick roads contributed, but crazy driver’s typically slow down to about 60-70 during rain, instead of 80-90 mph. I’m not kidding.
The accident wasn't precipitated by precipitation.
One of the headless drivers in the left lane abruptly turned off her left turn signal.
Everyone behind her panicked.
I have traveled that part of I -75 literally thousands of times. I have
no idea how t
hat many cars can be involved in an accident.
At 3:30 pm traffic would have been light to moderate
This happened at 3:30pm as we had a torrential downpour of rain yesterday afternoon. Traffic on I-75 was closed for hours.
I decided to head north after work to avoid the traffic as I normally take I-75 south for a few exits. The exit I normally take is the University Parkway exit where this 50 car pile up happened. I barely found a way to travel north to avoid bumper to bumper gridlock and this was even several hours later at 7pm.
By the time I was heading home it was 1AM and I drove through where the accident was and it was all clear by then and like it never happened.
People don’t slow down these days on slippery roads. They probably won’t learn their lesson today.
I had posted a similar message in the comments section on the Sarasota Tribune online page. It was weird no one bothered to inquire how many of the drivers of the cars in the crash were uninsured, or better worded as how many in the crash actually have legal insurance for their vehicles? I wonder if they will ever reveal this information?
I don’t understand what you mean and are you from Sarasota as well?
We have a winner. There are so many people driving foolishly these days, that it only takes one little slip.
Ealrier this week I got flipped off FOR STOPPING AT A RED LIGHT.
Anybody remember the “2-second rule”?
(And that’s only for good weather)
So sad for the families caught up in this accident. Years ago, my wife and I along with our baby daughter were in the middle of a multi-car pileup on a busy freeway. Some drunk driver veered from his lane and cars began smashing into each other all around us. I prayed hard that we would come out of it okay. No hits in front or sides, and cars were coming up fast behind us and smashed into each other. Wen it was over, we were the only non-struck car in the middle. Ambulances came for others and we counted our blessings. Still brings chills thinking about how helpless we were.
There may be something to this, or at least I’m willing to bet some joker stayed in the far left lane doing 15 mph when the doewnpoar occured and failed to have their lights or hazards on.
Driver’s are so bad. I don’t know if it’s because we have a lot of old people in Sarasota or just general distraction and speeding, but Wednesday morning, I had to avoid 4 accidents:
1. A car spun out in front of me getting on I-75 south.
2. Another big pick up truck just pushed me out of the way to get my spot in the left lane
3. A van just aimlessly veered into my lane
4. A psycho idiot went to pass me, a box truck, and a truck and trailer on a windy 55mph 2 lane road and cut me off because he almost got nailed by oncoming traffic.
That was a pretty normal days drive to work.
Sometimes I wish I had a rocket launcher to vaporize idiot drivers and people with Obama bumper stickers. (just kidding)
46+ cars. How many drivers among them were texting or otherwise using their cellphones?
I drive that area quite often. The traffic in that area isn’t too bad. We’ve been having very heavy rains which turn visibility to zero and make the roads very slick. All it takes is one person doing something stupid and accidents occur.
Does anyone know about the seemingly recent trend in people entering a free-way or interstate, but not accelerating to the cruising speed of the flow of traffic or at least the speed limit? For example, every morning going to work I get onto I-75 but more often than not there will be a goofball doing 40mph on the on-ramp and not accelerating and then cars start piling up behind this idiot and they get onto the Interstate doing well UNDER 60mph which is a good 10-20mph under what the current flow of traffic is. Do these people realize how much of an accident risk they are creating for themselves; the cars behind them; and mostly the cars doing 75-85mph on the Intersate.
Nice editing--3 in critical condition but nothing "life-threatening."
yes, I caught that as well and many others have commented on that poor bit of writing (in the comments section of the Sarasota Tribune).
Helpless? It seems you had the best help in the universe.
A little gratitude and acknowledgement might be a nice gesture on your part.
Gee, let me see. Hmmmm. Couldn’t possibly be that these morons were traveling the way I see morons traveling everyday...80 mph on each other’s bumper flashing their lights to move the other morons off the road. Let’s see. Hmmm. Reaction time from 2 feet off the guy ahead at 80 in rain,...whoops, what’s that guy doing?????????GDit he hit the brakes. JC I just smashed through his trunk and HS there’s another guy smashing into my trunk...........HOW DID THIS HAPPEN??????????? I’m such a safe driver. GDit!!! I’ll show these bastards! I’ll buy the biggest Hummer I can find and then I’ll run each of them off the road! I’ll show’em not to hit me!!!!!!
My brother once said he was on 75 and saw two cars each try to cross 5 lanes of traffic at once and they met in the middle in front of them. He said he did what race car drivers say they do, head for the accident because by the time you get there, they’ll be out of the way. Sure enough it worked.
If any state is more fraud prone than NJ, it's FL (one of my bigger clients is a prominent non-standard carrier in that state). I'm guessing there will be a number of fraudulent claims arising out of this by people trying to cash in on the misfortune and suffering of those who were involved.
I've noticed that recently. I think they fall into 3 categories. Old people that can't see, hyper milers, and people that can't afford to operate a vehicle. By the time they actually merge on to the interstate, they aren't breaking minimum speed limit laws but it sure seems like it.
I have the same problem here in Denver area, I-25 North most times, when I get to the slow car, it is ALMOST always a Prius or other hybrid type vehicular machinery.
They either don’t have the acceleration or don’t want to exceed the magic 55 mph in a 75 mph speed limit which means most everyone in the middle and left lanes are doing 80+ mph.
Plus there is the medicinal marrywanner drivers too...slowing down to light up a bowl...
” Anybody remember the 2-second rule?”
Uh...once the light turns red, you have 2 seconds to get thru it?
No, no. You drop food on the floor of your car and you have two seconds before the germs get on it.
I’m guessing the 2-second dropped food rule does NOT apply on American Airline jets...especially the ones with loose seats.
Florida’s drivers can’t drive in DAYLIGHT with the sun shining!! I hate to see what they would do in SNOW...
I’ve seen what they do in snow. I help tow them out occasionally.
I always remind people not to Drink & Drive.
Instead Drink while waiting at the traffic lights . . .
I think some of that is people trying to increase their gas mileage. They need to spend the dime and merge properly.
I want a GAU-8 under the hood... ‘-)
That seems strange as I started doing the hyper mileage thing occasionally more like coasting in N when approaching a red light, but as least when I do it I am not hindering traffic. I would also never think of doing it when entering an Interstate on-ramp.
So true. I prayed that our family come out of it safe and we did. Totally amazed we were in a small safe island surround by chaos. Gave me chills looking in the rear mirror, seeing our toddler in the car seat while also seeing cars braking to avoid us while they got hit.
Wow, didn't realize it's that bad now in Florida. Last time I drove there was maybe ten years ago, and the drivers seemed really good. I also liked how courteous the people were in Florida. Has that changed also?
I see at least 2 cases of road rage every day on the road. Sometimes it is the tailgaters and other times it is the lane changers. Other times it is myself I see in the mirror after a stupid driver makes a boneheaded maneuver causing anger.
As an agnostic, it's always an awkward moment for me when I feel compelled to point out the obvious to a believer...
We didn't have this problem in Florida before automobiles came equipped with air conditioning.
Keep 2 seconds’ worth of road between you and the car ahead, and you’ll have enough distance to slow down/stop if something suddenly happens to the car in front of you - works at every speed
... BUT this is for dry roads; in bad weather, add more time (obviously).
Tailgaiting at high speed is for fools with a deathwish
Are you having fun with us?
Absolutely right. I try to give even more room because they’re a lot of idiots out there.
works at every speed
No, the faster you go, the more time you need in between.
Three or Four seconds at 60 and 70. That is DRY conditions.
Look up the Smith System of Space Cushion Driving.