Two Tragically Killed in Nine-Vehicle Wreck on I-75 in Tampa, Florida
TAMPA, FL. – According to an online news report posted at wfla.com, two people were tragically killed in a nine-vehicle wreck that occurred on Interstate 75 in Tampa, Florida. One of the victims was a 2-month-old child, according to the news report.*
The accident happened in the afternoon by the exit to Fowler Avenue on the southbound side of Interstate 75. This is shortly north of Interstate 4. Florida Highway Patrol and WFLA state that around 2:30 p.m., traffic was slowed on the interstate for reasons that were not stated in the news report. Troopers say that a dump truck traveling south did not slow down for the traffic ahead and ended up crashing into the back of a commercial truck.
After the initial collision, the dump truck crashed into a Toyota Corolla and then turned over onto its side and on top of a van on the interstate. The dump truck did not stop but continued forward and struck five additional vehicles before finally coming to a rest. It is not clear at this time what caused the driver of the dump truck to fail to slow down. He was identified in the report as a 74-year-old man. The company affiliated with the truck was not named in the news report.
WFLA reports that the driver of the van that the dump truck rolled onto was tragically killed in the accident. His age and city of residence were not reported. It is not clear if anyone else was riding in the van with him.
WFLA further reports that a 2-month-old girl who was riding in one of the vehicles was fatally injured. It is not clear from the news report what vehicle she had been riding in at the time of the accident.
Troopers investigating the accident, and charges are reportedly pending.
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