One dead, one in serious condition after fiery four-vehicle crash on I-75

Courtesy: Joanna Schneider, WCJB
Courtesy: Joanna Schneider, WCJB(WCTV)
Published: Sep. 17, 2019 at 5:54 PM EDT
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By: WCTV Eyewitness News

September 17, 2019

COLUMBIA COUNTY, Fla. (WCTV) -- One person has died and another has suffered serious injuries following a four-car crash on I-75 southbound near milemarker 414 on Tuesday afternoon.

Troopers say three tractor-trailers and a 2016 Jeep were traveling on I-75; two trailers were traveling northbound, with the third trailer and the Jeep traveling southbound.

FHP says a trailer, traveling north in the right lane, experienced failure in the front left tire, causing the vehicle to veer to the left, striking the side of the second tractor-trailer traveling north, which was traveling in the center lane.

According to authorities, after the initial collision, the two trailers traveled through the center guardrail, causing the second tractor-trailer to collide with the trailer traveling southbound.

Troopers say the first trailer struck the guard rail and jackknifed across the southbound lanes, coming to a final rest.

Officials say after striking the southbound trailer, the second tractor-trailer caught fire, coming to a rest in the final southbound lane. The driver of the vehicle, 44-year-old Jean Sainca, died as a result of the crash. Troopers did not say if Sanica died at the scene or later at the hospital.

Troopers say the southbound-traveling tractor-trailer traveled westward onto the grass shoulder, down an embankment and caught fire. The driver suffered serious injuries.

Authorities say the driver of the Jeep observed the collisions ahead of her and drove off the roadway onto the west shoulder, striking a tree before getting caught in the fire which had spread over the crash site.

Officials say the driver suffered minor injuries.

Charges are pending.

September 17, 2019

COLUMBIA COUNTY, Fla. (WCJB) -- The Florida Highway Patrol is investigating a deadly accident on I-75 Southbound by mile marker 414.

According to the report, all southbound lanes are blocked and the left northbound lane is blocked.

FHP is confirming one person is dead.

Lieutenant Patrick Riordan with the Florida Highway Patrol says, two semis and a vehicle were involved.

"There's a lot of road damage because the vehicles burned, it's going to be something the Department of Transportation has to evaluate. Once they give us the green light that the roads okay to be opened back up, we are going to open it up. We certainly don't like to keep the road closed any longer than we have to but you can see we've got a big scene here, very large, a lot of debris, a lot of damage, so we are going to be here for a while," Riordan also said.

In a video a viewer sent TV20, you can see a fiery crash with two semis on the road.

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