2 dead, 6 hospitalized in fiery 8-vehicle crash on I-75 in Florida

Posted at 7:07 AM, Nov 14, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-14 08:43:11-05

TAMPA, Fla. — Authorities in Florida say two people have died and six more were hospitalized in a fiery 8-vehicle crash that shut down part of an interstate.

The Pasco Fire Rescue said two people died at the scene and six other people were transported to the hospital. Two others were checked out by emergency crews on scene, Pasco Fire Rescue said.

The identities of the two deceased victims have not been released yet, pending next-of-kin notification.

According to a crash report, two semis were involved in the wreck.

The report says as traffic slowed, a semi driver failed to slow down and moved into the center lane in an effort to avoid a collision. The semi then hit the back of a Chevy Equinox, which then hit a Buick Verano, which then hit a BMW.

Aerial video shows 8-vehicle pileup on I-75 in Florida that killed 2 people

The semi then continued forward, the report says, and hit the back of a Mercedes and the back of another semi.

The report says the Mercedes became trapped between the two semis as a result and the initial semi came to a final rest on top of it.

As a result, the semi and the Mercedes both became fully engulfed in fire. FHP says both drivers died at the scene.

FHP says the crash remains under investigation.