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Florida Highway Patrol: Driver Error, Rain Caused Sarasota Mega Crash

Florida Highway Patrol released its findings for the Oct. 5 mega crash on Interstate 75 at the Manatee-Sarasota County line that involved 53 vehicles.

Florida Highway Patrol investigators officially ruled Thursday that driver error and a sudden rain storm contributed to a 53-car crash Oct. 5 on Interstate 75.

FHP issued 19 traffic citations for the mega crash that had 53 vehicles involved in 21 crashes where amazingly nobody was killed. Fifty two people were injured in the crash, 22 were sent to area hospitals and two were flown by helicopter from the scene for their injuries, according to Highway Patrol.

The crash occurred near the University Parkway exit, prompting the closure of I-75 for six hours.

Highway Patrol said driver error was chiefly to blame for the crash and that the inclement weather contributed to the crash.

While fortunately nobody was killed, Florida has the second most weather-related traffic fatalities in the U.S. with 1,403 between 2000 and 2007, according to Highway Patrol.

Drivers are reminded that they should slow down and adjust for speed during adverse weather conditions weather rely on the posted speed limit.

Richard M. Swier December 07, 2012 at 11:51 AM
I got it. People do dumb things while driving that lead to pain, suffering and death. I say let's ban all vehicles because without vehicles we would not have accidents, right? Wrong, people need vehicles and people will continue to do dumb things. Whether it is driver error, pilot error or just plain people error, it is an error. Vehicles do not cause accidents, people do. Just like guns are not the cause of shootings, people are.
Stacey Olivieri December 07, 2012 at 12:46 PM
Perhaps we shouldn't make drugs illegal either. It's not the drugs that kill people, its the people doing dumb things with those drugs.
dee December 07, 2012 at 02:15 PM
They were blessed that nothing happen. However, you would think that the State patrol would get off their lazy behind and enforce the laws. People are consistently driving 80 miles an hour and hanging on each other bumpers around this area.. Common sense would suggest that 80 miles an hour is very dangerous and secondly hanging on someone's bumper is stupid. How esle can you explain a 53 car pile up in warm climate. I hate to say this however, if the majority of the folks traveling these roadways were minorities, the state patrol would enforce the laws and give out tons of tickekets for speeding. I wonder how many of those drivers involved in the pile up were issued citations for reckless driving. My point has been made. CASE CLOSED!
dee December 07, 2012 at 02:15 PM
They were blessed that nothing happen. However, you would think that the State patrol would get off their lazy behind and enforce the laws. People are consistently driving 80 miles an hour and hanging on each other bumpers around this area.. Common sense would suggest that 80 miles an hour is very dangerous and secondly hanging on someone's bumper is stupid. How esle can you explain a 53 car pile up in warm climate. I hate to say this however, if the majority of the folks traveling these roadways were minorities, the state patrol would enforce the laws and give out tons of tickekets for speeding. I wonder how many of those drivers involved in the pile up were issued citations for reckless driving. My point has been made. CASE CLOSED!

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