I-75 accident kills band member, injures six others


Micanopy, Florida — The Florida Highway Patrol said one person was killed and six others injured Friday following a crash on Interstate 75 in Micanopy, near Mile Marker 372.

A motor home, driven by Jason McCole, 41, of Wilksbarre, PA, and a GMC van, driven by Jordan Cannata, 27, of West Babylon, NY, were traveling southbound on I-75 when the motor home got a flat tire and had to pull onto the shoulder.

The van was also pulling a covered trailer.

According to FHP, a 2014 Peterbilt semi, driven by Robert Edwin Haines, 59, veered off the roadway and slammed into the motor home and van.

The motor home burst into flames, and the passenger who has not been named, was killed.

The Alachua County Sheriff’s Office said that the occupants of the motor home and van were with the heavy metal band, Adrenaline Mob. They were on their way to do a show in St. Petersburg.

Friday night, FHP said that there were a total of nine people with the band, including the person who died. Three of the band members are listed in critical condition, three are in stable condition, and two refused treatment.

Marion County Fire Rescue said that a group of registered nurses from UF Health Shands stopped at the accident scene to render aid to the victims.

According to MCFR, firefighters from Orange Lake Station number 9 arrived on scene at 12:38 p.m. to find the RV fully involved in flames. Firefighters from Lowell Station number 11, Sparr Station number 19, Friendship Station number 21, and Meadowood Farms Station number 12 arrived a short time later and assisted with extinguishing the fire as well as patient care.

The fire was under control by 12:45 p.m.

The investigation is ongoing.

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