I-75 reopens after 47-car pileup

Published On: Oct 05 2012 12:16:09 PM HST   Updated On: Oct 05 2012 04:30:25 PM HST

Dozens of people needed treatment after an estimated 70 cars were involved in a huge crash in Sarasota late Friday afternoon.


Authorities said dozens of travelers were injured -- but no one killed -- in a chain reaction of collisions on Interstate 75 along Florida's Gulf Coast.

Officials with the Florida Highway Patrol said 52 people were hurt in 12 separate crashes involving 47 vehicles on southbound I-75. 

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Twenty-two persons were taken to area hospitals, including two people who were critically injured, though their injuries weren't considered life-threatening.

The collisions occurred Friday afternoon near the border of Sarasota and Manatee counties.

A stretch of southbound I-75 was closed for six hours Friday as the scene was cleared, but the highway patrol reported just after 9 p.m. that the section is now open.

Authorities attributed the collisions to heavy rain and driver error, including motorists traveling too fast given the weather.

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