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I-75 Northbound in Marion County closed after early morning accident

By on December 2nd, 2012

Update Monday 2:02 p.m.: According to the Ocala Star-Banner, Lanessa N. Riobe, a 25-year-old from Orlando, has been arrested in connection with the crash.

Riobe, who was driving on a suspended or revoked license, rear-ended a car being driven by Eliezer Soto Maldonado, 34, of Ocala. He lost control of the car, struck a guardrail and veered back into the northbound lane. The vehicle stopped there.

Maldonado and his 10-year-old daughter, Ana Deliz, escaped the vehicle before the car was struck by a tractor trailer and burst into flames, according to the Star-Banner report. His wife, Deborah, 35, and their son, Eliezer Soto Maldonado, Jr., 12, were trapped in the vehicle and were killed.

Riobe, who drove past the scene of the accident, was uninjured. She was found with her vehicle 20 miles north of the scene and was arrested there.

Update 8:57 a.m.: All northbound lanes of I-75 are now open, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Original Post: Interstate 75 is closed for nearly a 15-mile stretch in Marion County after an early morning accident involving a tractor trailer and a passenger vehicle.

The highway remains closed between exits 341 and 350 as of 8 a.m. Sunday morning, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. Marion County emergency personnel and the Florida Highway Patrol responded to the accident, which happened around 3 a.m. Sunday.

According to a Marion County release, two in the passenger vehicle were killed, while two others — a man and a child — were transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The driver of the truck was uninjured, the release stated.

Traffic is being re-routed to US-301 in Ocala.


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