All lanes reopen after I-75 crash south of Ocala kills two

Published: Jun. 13, 2019 at 10:22 AM EDT
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A multi-vehicle crash at mile marker 343, on the I-75 northbound lane, just south of Ocala has left two motorcyclists dead.

A group of three motorcyclists and a tractor-trailer were all traveling northbound when traffic began to slow and two motorcycle drivers lost control of their bikes.

The three motorcyclists were driving in the inside lane, while the tractor-trailer was in the center lane.

The motorcycle drivers laid down their bikes and slid into the center lane where they were struck by the tractor-trailer.

When troopers arrived on the scene, the two drivers were found dead.

Florida Highway Patrol is in the process of a homicide investigation.

Officials said it was driver error that caused the crash.

"It's a very unfortunate situation. I think that if there are any lessons to be learned here, inclement weather, you definitely got to keep your following distance what it should be, recognizing the weather conditions and what not that you're facing out there," said Troop B Public Information Officer Lt. Patrick Riordan.

All lanes have since reopened.


UPDATE (3:35pm): FHP says that 1 northbound lane is now open. The crash on the southbound side of the interstate has also been cleared and all lanes are back open.


UPDATE (12:54PM): The crash on I-75 northbound at milemarker 343 has traffic backed up until milemarker 327, all lanes blocked.


UPDATE (11:31AM): Another accident happened in the southbound lanes of I-75 south of Ocala near mile marker 347. The left two lanes are currently blocked.


Two people died in a crash on Interstate 75 that shut down all northbound lanes south of Ocala.

Florida Highway Patrol says they responded to the crash around 9:47AM.

Lt. Patrick Riordan from FHP says that two people died in the crash.

As of 10:20AM, all three northbound lanes are still blocked. Drivers are advised to seek an alternate route.

This is a developing story, information will be updated as it becomes available.

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