The state could face as many as 11 lawsuits for the January pile up on I-75 that killed nearly a dozen people. Friday, the Florida Highway Patrol will release its report into what happened leading up to the crash. They’ll also respond to an April Investigation by FDLE saying mistakes were made. Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles Director Julie Jones says after the report is released the state won’t be answering many questions, because they don’t want to jeopardize the lawsuits.
“So as not to confuse the public and confuse the facts, we are going to try to limit discussions on anything that would be performance based on the patrols part and have that come out as part of any type of litigation,” said Julie Jones.
The pile up near Gainesville killed 11 people and injured 18. The section of I-75 was close briefly before the wrecks due to heavy fog and smoke in the area. At least one officer objected to the road being reopened.