At least nine people died in early morning crashes caused by smoke and fog on I-75 near Paynes Prairie. Other crash victims were rushed to Shands Hospital: six to the trauma center and 12 more to the emergency room. As you can see in morning helicopter video (courtesy Orlando NBC affiliate WESH), at least four semis and six cars were involved in the pileup. At the end of the video you can see the nearby brush fire; officials are investigating the cause of that Saturday wildfire, which may have been accidentally or intentionally set.
White nationalist Richard Spencer's speech Thursday at the University of Florida prompted a state of emergency, carried a $600,000 tab and drew more than 2,500 demonstrators. But law enforcement summarized the contentious event, which devolved into an antagonistic affair, as “a mostly peaceful day.”