FHP: One Person Killed in Single-Car Accident On I-75, Rainy Weather to Blame
Published June 5th, 2013
GAINESVILLE - The skies opened up across north central Florida late Tuesday afternoon, dumping several inches of rain and causing a headache for drivers trying to make their way home.
But while most drivers were eventually able to reach their destination, not everyone was so lucky.
According to the Florida Highway Patrol, one person was killed Tuesday after the SUV they were riding in overturned on Interstate 75, near mile marker 392.
Troopers say two other people inside the SUV were taken to Shands Hospital with non-life threatening injuries, and are expected to recover. The driver of that car was able to walk away.
FHP says the heavy rainfall and slick roadway caused the driver to lose control of the vehicle, sending it onto the shoulder of the highway. It then hit a tree before overturning.
Around the same time, traffic along Newberry Road was slowed for a bit after a large tree branch fell and blocked both lanes of traffic. Crews were eventually able to clear the roadway, and traffic was back to normal.
Meantime, Alachua County firefighters say a home off Northwest 35th Place, near Santa Fe College, sustained at least $75,000 worth of damage after a lightning strike caused the back portion of the home to catch on fire.
Firefighters say a family was inside the home at the time, but everyone was able to make it out safely.
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