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1 driver in critical condition after 8 vehicle crash on I-75 southbound at Clark Road

A crash on I-75 at Clark Road shut down all southbound lanes for hours Friday  . The license...
A crash on I-75 at Clark Road shut down all southbound lanes for hours Friday . The license plates have been intentionally blurred because next-of-kin of people involved have not yet been contacted.(Florida Highway Patrol)
Published: Oct. 22, 2021 at 12:09 PM EDT|Updated: Oct. 22, 2021 at 2:29 PM EDT
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SARASOTA COUNTY, Fla. (WWSB) - One driver is in critical condition after an eight-vehicle crash on I-75 southbound at Clark Road on Friday morning.

Multiple rescue units responded to the crash, which happened around 11:30 a.m.

According to Florida Highway Patrol officials, a semi-truck driver failed to stop for slowing traffic on the interstate. This caused the semi-truck, driven by a 23-year-old Florida man, to hit several cars, with a total of seven cars being damaged.

One vehicle was crushed under the front of the semi-truck and the driver of that vehicle, a 47-year-old man out of Sarasota, was taken to the hospital with critical injuries. We have blurred the license plate number on his vehicle out of respect for family members, who have not been notified. The license plate was out of California.

The five other drivers in the vehicles involved only suffered minor injuries, according to troopers. The semi-truck driver didn’t sustain any injuries.

The southbound lanes of the highway were reopened around 3 p.m., but some roads, like Fruitville, were affected as well.

FHP is still investigating the crash. Charges are pending until the investigation is completed.

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