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After the crashes stopped, Steven Camps said all he could hear was the sound of crying as the air, heavy with smoke, shone red from vehicle fires.
He pulled his friend from their car, which wound up wedged between two semi trucks. The two were lying in the grassy median of Interstate 75, he said, praying that a car would not leave the roadway and hit them.
The vehicle Camps was riding in was among those involved in a series of overnight accidents in northern Florida, blamed on poor visibility from smoke from a nearby brush fire, authorities said. Ten people were killed in the crashes, which the Florida Highway Patrol said involved at least 12 passenger cars and about seven semi trucks.
Most of the collisions were on Interstate 75, said Alachua County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Todd Kelly. Crashes also occurred on U.S. Highway 441.
The interstate’s northbound lanes reopened but southbound lanes remained closed Sunday evening, the Florida Highway Patrol said. Traffic was being detoured.