I-75 crash report: Florida Highway Patrol erred in reopening Interstate 75 before deadly crashes

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - A Florida Highway Patrol sergeant expressed concerns about reopening an interstate highway shortly before two massive crashes that killed 11 people.

A report released Thursday says the FHP erred in reopening fog- and smoke-shrouded Interstate 75 shortly before the crash in January.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement report, though, said there were no criminal violations.

At least a dozen cars and pickup trucks, six semi-trailer trucks and a motorhome collided in north Florida near Gainesville. Some vehicles burst into flames, making it difficult to identify the victims.

The highway was blanketed with smoke from a wildfire as well as fog.

The report also makes recommendations officials decide whether to change protocols for determining when to shut down and reopen highways.

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