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Report: Fla. Troopers' Mistakes Highlighted In 10-Vehicle Pileup

April 26, 2012  | 

Screenshot: WESH-TV
Screenshot: WESH-TV

Florida state troopers mismanaged a fatal 10-vehicle pileup in January, according to a report issued Thursday by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

Florida troopers never established or implemented effective guidelines for troopers dealing with traffic problems caused by limited road visibility. The report also says troopers failed to share critical information with each other on the day of the deadly Jan. 29 crash, reports WUSF News.

The accident on the north and south lanes of I-75 near Gainesville was caused by dense fog on the road and smoke from controlled burns at nearby Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park.

View raw footage of the crash by WESH-TV.

Tags: Traffic Accident Investigation, Florida Highway Patrol, Traffic Accidents


Comments (3)

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Mark Brewer @ 4/27/2012 12:53 AM

The road trooper wanted the road left closed and his lieutenant over-rode him, according to news accounts. Now the interstates are being closed for even moderate fog when at worst they should be reduced to one-lane. No one at FHP wants to be the next "left the road open in the fog"trooper.

easy610 @ 4/27/2012 6:29 AM

If the comment about the trooper being over ruled by Lt is true, that’s why command should defer to boots on the ground, versus desk decisions.

Doug M. @ 4/27/2012 8:48 AM

I've seen this kind of thing repeatedly, probably related to pressure from outside or above to keep the roads open. NEVER have I seen a senior officer disciplined for this kid of garbage. Why are agencies so lacking in courage and integrity that they don't discipline these clowns?

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