Interstate 75 in Marion County is back open after a crash involving a Florida Highway Patrol trooper.
Pictures from the Marion County Sheriff’s Office show part of the trooper’s cruiser came off during the crash Sunday night.
According to the FHP, Trooper Raul Umana was going northbound on I-75 when he attempted to make a U-turn onto I-75 southbound. As he made the turn he struck the guardrail and went into the travel lane, officials said.
A Nissan Altima driven by Christeia Jones, of Orlando, hit Umana’s cruiser and then collided with a Mercedes E350 driven by Terry Scanes, of Miami.
Jones’ car traveled into the path of a tractor-trailer driven by William Richmond, and both came to a rest on the shoulder of the interstate.
FHP said three children, ages 2, 5 and 7, in the Nissan Altima were flown by helicopter to Shands Hospital where they are in critical condition. Two of the children were not wearing seat belts.
Jones was also taken to Shands in serious condition. The other drivers had minor injuries.
The roadway was closed for six hours.
Charges are pending in connection to the crash.