[UPDATE] Controlled Burn May Have Led to Thomasville Rd. Crashes

By: Eyewitness News Email
By: Eyewitness News Email

UPDATED 3.27.2012 10:52am by Julie Montanaro

A Florida Department of Transportation Spokesman says smoke from a controlled burn may have led to four crashes on Thomasville Road this morning.

DOT spokesman Ian Satter says poor visibility may have caused a crash at the intersection of County Road 12 and three more crashes at the intersection of Sunny Hill Road. Satter says two of the cars overturned. Satter did not have any information on the extent of the injuries or the location of the controlled burn.

A stretch of Thomasville Road was closed from County Road 12 to the Georgia Line because of the smoky conditions.

Lt. Jeff Frost with FHP says the road has been reopened, but that drivers should exercise caution in the area and that troopers will continue to monitor the situation.

A report about one of the accidents is attached in PDF format above.

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UPDATE: 3/27/12 10:41am

The roads have been opened, according to Lt. Jeff Frost with the Florida Highway Patrol. Lt. Frost urges motorists to use caution as smoke is still in the area.

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UPDATE: 3/27/12 9:25am

CLEARED: Tallahassee: On SR-61 N and Cherokee Plantation Rd. the roadway is completely blocked due to a crash and smoke.

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UPDATE: 3/27/12 7:54am

Authorities have moved the road block farther down. It is clear to drive by Chiles High School, but Thomasville Road is blocked at Proctor Road. Heavy smoke is still visible. Traffic is not backed up.

FHP Troopers are telling drivers to take Meridian Road north to Thomasville.

Click on the "Photos" tab to view pictures

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UPDATE: 3/27/12 7:39am

US 319 from Proctor Road to the Georgia state line is closed due to heavy smoke on the road.

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The Leon County Sheriff's Office says that Thomasville Road (US 319) from Chiles High School to the Georgia state line is closed due to heavy smoke on the road.

County Road 12 is also closed between Meridian Road and Thomasville Road.

As an alternate use Meridian Road in your morning commute.


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