UPDATE: Bay News 9 reports I-75 reopened after multi-vehicle accident

HERALD STAFF REPORTAugust 3, 2013 

Two people were critically injured Saturday in a pileup that involved a semi truck and about nine other vehicles on southbound I-75 just north of State Road 60, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

The crash happened around noon Saturday and shut down all of the lanes on southbound I-75, as well as State Road 60 in the area.

Authorities said no one has died, but several people were injured and one person was extracted from a "mangled" vehicle.

Two people were transported to a hospital in critical but stable condition. None of those involved have been identified, and authorities haven't said what caused the crash.

Hillsborough County Fire Rescue units responded around noon and requested additional resources because of the size of this accident.

A man was trapped inside one of the cars. The vehicle was wedged between the semi truck and the concrete guard rail. Hillsborough's Heavy Rescue unit was called as well as a towing company to extricate the victim, officials reported. It took crews about one hour to extricate the man because of the severity of the accident. The patient was airlifted to a trauma center.

Seven patients were treated by fire rescue deputies, then taken to hospitals -- three in critical condition. Florida Highway Patrol was on scene and will be handling the investigation, according to the release.

There were no fatalities at this accident, officials said.

Hillsborough County Fire Rescue responded with 21 units and about 40 personnel.

EARLIER:

BRANDON -- Hillsborough County Rescue units are on The scene of a crash involving a semi-truck and at least eight other vehicles on southbound I-75 just north of State Road 60.

"This is a Mass Casualty incident," Hillsborough authorities said in a press release. "I-75 is closed southbound."

Authorities said there are multiple injuries and one person is extracted from a "mangled" vehicle.

All lanes on southbound I-75 and and State Road 60 are shut down in the area. Motorists on southbound I-75 are being redirected to the northbound side of the highway, a caller told Bay News 9.

We will update this report as information is released.

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