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Saturday, March 18, 2023

Three hospitalized after morning collision on I-75 Northbound in Marion County

Three people were hospitalized following a two-vehicle crash on Interstate 75 Northbound in Marion County on Saturday morning.

Shortly after 9 a.m., several Ocala Fire Rescue units consisting of Engine 1, Rescue 4, Squad 7, and Battalion Chief 11 were dispatched to a motor vehicle accident on I-75 near mile marker 352.

Upon arrival, OFR crews observed two vehicles with moderate damage that were blocking the two left-most northbound traffic lanes. A truck driver had also pulled over and used his vehicle to protect the scene while first responders were en route.

According to OFR, Battalion Chief 11 assumed command, and crews from Engine 1 and Rescue 4 assessed the occupants of the two vehicles.

The accident site was searched for hazards, and Squad 7’s crew members found fuel and anti-freeze leaks from the vehicles. An absorbent was utilized to mitigate the leaks.

Two drivers and a passenger were injured in the crash, and they were transported to a local hospital for treatment of their injuries.

There were no other injuries reported.

The Florida Highway Patrol, Road Rangers, and Marion Fire Rescue also responded, and the scene of the accident was fully cleared by 10:58 a.m.