A year after pile up, fog and fire shaping FHP policies - WFLA News Channel 8

A year after pile up, fog and fire shaping FHP policies

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January 2012 January 2012

Florida Highway Patrol took action after 11 people died in a mass car accident on I-75 near Gainesville a year ago Tuesday.

A dangerous combination of fog and a near-by wildfire minimized the visibility on the road. The drivers couldn't navigate in those conditions which led to the deadly pile up.

The poor communication among troopers added to the tragedy, FHP's investigation concluded.

Now, more changes are on the way. Each FHP troop has a watch supervisor in charge of monitoring conditions.

The Florida Department of Transportation will likely put digital warning signs in dangerous areas and closed circuit TV cameras to monitor conditions.

A spokesperson says the Florida Highway Patrol would not comment on-camera pending the potential lawsuits.

Retired race car driver from England Ray Watkins, who witnessed the event a year ago, said it was "terrible."

"I was surprised they didn't have all the signs out, very surprised.  You won't let that happen anymore, will ya?" he added.

FHP will also conduct annual reviews of its road closing procedures.

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