Florida I-75 Mess: 52 Hurt, 47 Cars, 12 Accidents
Heavy rain contributes, but there are no fatalities
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 6, 2012 8:45 AM CDT
File photo from a Florida Highway Patrol news conference.   (AP Photo/John Raoux)

(Newser) – Authorities say dozens of travelers have been injured—but no one killed—in a chain reaction of collisions on Interstate 75 along Florida's Gulf Coast. The Florida Highway Patrol said 52 people were hurt in 12 separate crashes involving 47 vehicles near the border of Sarasota and Manatee counties yesterday. Twenty-two people were taken to area hospitals, including two who were critically injured, though their injuries weren't life-threatening. Authorities attributed the collisions to heavy rain and driver error—essentially, people driving too fast for conditions.

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Oct 6, 2012 12:50 PM CDT
Critical injuries are usually life threatning. As for the drivers try the beltway around DC or roads through DC that are plagued with innane, incompetent, rude drivers that weave through traffic, pass on the right, force themselves into traffic line waiting for a light to change or simply drive too fast for road conditions or traffic volume. Have been hit twice in the rear because of these morons. Insurance rates here in MD are nuts because of these a-holes, but the cops worry more about chicken s**t violations rather than pursuing these idiot drivers.
Oct 6, 2012 11:27 AM CDT
They drive fast in "parts" of Florida. In the Panhandle you can go nuts following people driving 10-15 MPH below the limit on two-lane roads on warm, sunny days. And these aren't old drivers; it's everyone. It takes me two hours to drive 70 miles to Tallahassee.
Oct 6, 2012 11:21 AM CDT
Yet another reason to stay away from Florida.