Safety equipment being installed on I-75 in Florida 2 years after chain-reaction crash

Published On: Jan 22 2014 09:08:40 AM EST

One state lawmaker wants to make sure another deadly chain-reaction crash like the Interstate 75 pileup in Alachua County doesn't happen again.


Visibility sensors, dynamic messaging signs and vehicle detection devices will be installed along a stretch of Interstate 75 two years after a deadly, chain-reaction crash.

Florida Department of Transportation officials also say standard and infrared cameras will also be set up south of Gainesville where I-75 crosses Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park. It was there that 11 people died on the fog-and-smoke-shrouded road in the early morning hours of Jan. 29, 2012.

The technology will warn drivers when conditions deteriorate.

The Gainesville Sun reports that DOT will install the equipment over the next year. Three message signs will be installed -- two approaching the prairie northbound and one southbound. The will also be 12 closed-circuit television cameras in the area.

A thermal, heat-detecting camera will monitor heavy fog.


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