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Rainy Sunday Leads to Several Vehicle Crashes in Ocala

By PROVIDED, Correspondent | August 30, 2020 | FLORIDA

Story No. 083120103

(OCALA, Fla.) On Sunday, August 30th, 2020, rainy weather and slick roads led Ocala Fire Rescue firefighters to respond to several motor vehicle accidents. From fender benders to rollovers, wet roads resulted in an overabundance of traffic incident calls. Among the more notable occurrences were a rollover, a vehicle versus building, and a jackknifed truck.
At 8:40 A.M. Ocala fire crews were dispatched to a vehicle rollover on I-75 NB, between mile marker 352 and mile marker 354. While en route, crews learned that the vehicle was accessible from an interior road. Approaching the scene from NW 37th Avenue, crews gained access to a pick-up truck lying on its side. The driver - sole occupant - was assessed and transported to the hospital for evaluation. No other injuries were reported.

A few hours later, crews responded to a vehicle versus building. At 1:31 p.m. firefighters arrived at the scene of a vehicle crash that resulted in an SUV impacting the Paddock Park Animal Care Center. Three patients were transported to the hospital. No pet injuries were reported.

One hour later, fire crews made their way to I-75, where a pick-up truck with a trailer jackknifed over the State Road 40 overpass, blocking multiple lanes of traffic. Although traffic on I-75 NB was affected for some time, no injuries were reported.

Ocala Fire Rescue reminds drivers to slow down, avoid hard breaks, and maintain a safe distance between vehicles while driving on wet roads or under rainy conditions.

This article is a direct street report from our correspondent and has not been edited by the 1st Responder newsroom.