FDOT to begin to repair damages from Tuesday afternoon's I-75 fatal crash

Published: Sep. 18, 2019 at 6:27 PM EDT
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Can I-75 be made safer for travelers through North Central Florida?

Tuesday afternoon's fatal four-vehicle crash on I-75 in Columbia County near the US-41 exit is under investigation and the Florida Department of Transportation is working to get repairs started.

Florida Highway Patrol troopers responded to the crash that left one driver dead and another driver was taken to UF Health with serious injuries.

"Once that’s done we’ll see if the investigation reveals any way the road may have contributed to the crash typically when there are wrecks in a certain area especially if they’re kind of clustered together you know we periodically take a look at those locations and make sure there’s nothing we could have done differently," said Troy Roberts, FDOT spokesperson.

Roberts says FDOT has been looking at the conditions of the road where the crash happened to assess damages.

“Unfortunately things happen when you’re driving, you know wrecks happen things kind of come out of nowhere and you need to be able to respond immediately. You know a second two seconds may be too late if you’re distracted you may not be able to see a wreck that's happening in front of you or behind you or around you," said Roberts.

One southbound lane will be closed tonight and tomorrow until the repairs are complete. FDOT spokesperson told TV20 there's a possibility additional lanes may be closed.

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