Some of the pictures are horrifying.
At least 9 dead after multiple I-75 crashes south of Gainesville
Investigators are looking into the possibility an arsonist set the fire that caused smoke that led to the deaths of at least nine people in a
series of overnight crashes on I-75 near Gainesville.
According to Florida Highway Patrol officials, the crashes appeared to be caused by the combination of heavy smoke from the fire
and fog reducing visibility on the interstate.
Florida Highway Patrol Lt. Patrick Riordan said the pileups happened about 3:45 a.m. on both sides of I-75.
A dozen injured people are being treated at Shands Hospital at the University of Florida, a spokesperson said.
Six patients were admitted through the hospital's Level I Trauma Center.
None of the victims have been identified and the conditions of those all being treated have not been released.
All lanes of the interstate are still closed between Mile Markers 374 and 382 in Alachua County.
State forestry spokeswoman Ludie Bond said that the fire started Saturday.
Officials know it wasn't a controlled burn or caused by lightning, so it was either started
accidentally or intentionally set.
Smoke from the fire mixed with fog to cause multi-vehicle pileups on Interstate 75 early Sunday that killed at least nine people.
Bond said the fire has burned 62 acres of prairie and is contained, but it continues to burn.
She said a similar fire has been burning in the area since mid-November because the vegetation is so thick and deep.
Riordan says FHP had closed the highway briefly overnight because of the mixture of smoke and fog in the Paynes Prairie area.
It was reopened shortly before the crashes occurred.
The crashes involved four to five large commercial vehicles and at least six passenger vehicles.
Riordan says U.S. 441 is also closed, and traffic is being diverted onto U.S. 301 and State Road 27.
Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.