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03 Jan 2019 | 05:35 PM UTC

US: Fuel fire on Florida highway kills six January 3

Accident on Interstate-75 near Gainesville (Florida) kills six people; traffic congestion and delays reported



An accident on Interstate-75 near Gainesville (Florida) caused a fuel fire that killed six people and injured eight others on Thursday, January 6. The accident occurred about 1.6 km (1 mi) south of Alachua at 15:33 (local time) on Thursday and involved two tractor-trailers and two passenger vehicles in the southbound lanes. Traffic is being diverted in both directions, with southbound lanes diverted at Alachua and northbound traffic diverted at Newberry Road. Delays and congestion are reported and expected to continue for the coming hours. Further details are emerging.


Individuals traveling via I-75 are advised to monitor the situation, allow for additional travel time, seek possible alternate routes, and anticipate traffic congestion and delays.

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