According to the FHP’s report, eight vehicles, two of which were semis, were involved in the crash. The accident occurred in close proximity to mile marker 272, north of New Tampa Boulevard, at around 6 p.m on Wednesday night.
Two individuals were declared dead at the scene of the accident. Dwayne McCormick, 54 of Evington, Virginia, and Robert Mavis, 40 of Land O’ Lakes.
Police reports relayed that McCormick, driver of one of the semis, neglected to slow down and only moved to the center lane to avoid collision. It was then that McCormick hit the back of a Chevy Equinox, which in turn collided with a Buick Verano, which then hit a BMW.
McCormick’s semi also hit the second victim, Davis’ Mercedes, which then hit another semi. Mavis became trapped between the two semis, bringing McCormick’s semi to a stop. That is when the Mercedes and Semi became engulfed in flames, killing both men.
This crash shut down the northbound lanes of I-75 in New Tampa all night on Wednesday, not reopening until just before 8 a.m on Thursday.
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