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Thursday, April 18, 2024

Crash on West University Avenue causes fuel leak, fire rescue on scene


Gainesville Fire Rescue and Gainesville Police responded to a crash Tuesday evening on West University Ave.

GPD received several 911 calls about a crash at 4:10 p.m. Tuesday, according to a press release from Gainesville Fire Rescue.

Crash on University Avenue

A vehicle heading eastbound toward downtown stopped suddenly to make a turn, and the vehicle behind it swerved into oncoming traffic to avoid a collision, Gainesville Police Sgt. Brad Litchfield told The Alligator. To avoid hitting the vehicle, a truck with a trailer heading west swerved into a house at 2706 W University Ave. The two collided anyway.

The vehicle that made the sudden stop left the scene before law enforcement arrived, Litchfield said.

GFR units from across the city responded to the crash, the release said. When they arrived, they found fuel from the two vehicles leaking into an open drain on the side of the road and someone trapped inside their vehicle. It is unclear if the person trapped was a driver or passenger, Litchfield said.

The crews freed the individual trapped in the car while others dammed the open drain and stopped the fuel leaks, the press release said.

Firefighters stood by in case the leaking fuel caught fire. Rescue crews searched the home and assessed the structure.

Two patients were transported to UF Health Shands Hospital, the release said. One is in critical condition.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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