Eight more lawsuits filed in the deadly I-75 crash from January

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Published: Jul. 26, 2019 at 3:18 PM EDT
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July 26, 2019

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB) -- Eight more lawsuits have been filed

on January 3.

Seven people died in the crash, two were semi-truck drivers, and five were children.

TV20 is the first to obtain these lawsuits, filed by family members of victims killed in the crash, as well as some of the living victims. Each of the eight lawsuits were filed in Cook County, Illinois against Eagle Express Lines.

Eagle Express Lines is based out of Illinois and the company owned a semi that was involved in the crash.

In January, TV20 told you how, the driver of that semi, Steve Holland, had a history of traffic infractions. The charges ranged from speeding and careless driving to using an improper license plate and driving an unsafe vehicle.

A Florida Highway Patrol incident report shows Holland's semi bumped into a Honda and both traveled across the median and into oncoming traffic. Seven people, including Holland, were killed in the ensuing head-on collision with another truck and passenger van.

Each lawsuit asks for damages in excess of $50,000 and a trial by jury.

The jury would give the final award amount in each case.

A trial date has not yet been set, as each case is still in the discovery phase.

Both FHP and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) are still conducting their investigations into the crash. FHP is looking into the details of the crash and how it happened. NTSB is investigating the safety aspects of the crash and what can be done to improve the safety for drivers.