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Lanes Reopen On NB I-75 In Tampa After Fiery 8-Vehicle Crash Involving Semi

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Northbound lanes on I-75 are closed near Bruce B. Downs Boulevard after a fiery crash involving a semi. FLORIDA 511

Two people were killed Wednesday night, and all lanes on Interstate 75 in Tampa are now open following a fiery eight-vehicle crash involving a semi.

The roadway is closed near Bruce B. Downs Boulevard, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Troopers say the driver of the semi attempted to switch lanes just after 6 p.m. after traffic in the outside lane came to a slowdown north of New Tampa Boulevard.

While attempting to switch lanes, troopers say the driver struck the back of a vehicle and continued forward, colliding with other cars ahead of them.

The crash caused the semi and another vehicle – which struck a pillar for an overhead road sign -- to burst into flames, troopers say. Both drivers were killed, and six others were hospitalized.

The inside and center lanes reopened Thursday around 7:30 a.m., and the outside lane just before 11:30 a.m., troopers say.

This is a developing story. Stay with WUSF for updates.

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Northbound lanes on I-75 are closed near Bruce B. Downs Boulevard after a fiery crash involving a semi. FLORIDA HIGHWAY PATROL