15-vehicle crash in Seminole County sends 6 to hospital, troopers say

FHP says 24 people were involved

A 15-vehicle crash sent six people to the hospital Saturday night in Seminole County, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

The Seminole County Fire Department said the multi-vehicle crash occurred on southbound State Road 417 near Red Bug Lake Road, forcing a shutdown of SR-417 in both directions.

Preliminary information from the department said 17 vehicles were involved, but the FHP investigating the crash said 15 vehicles were involved. Officials said 24 people were involved and six of them were taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

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“We train for this situation, our guys quickly responded, Seminole Fire Department, Oviedo Fire Department we arrived quickly on scene and we got the patients assessed and treated as quickly as possible,” Battalion Chief Joel Herrera said.

Troopers said dash-cam video from a witness will be reviewed to determine the events leading up to the crash. The FHP said a trooper was told it appeared two cars were racing southbound on SR-417. The two cars, driven by two 18-year-olds, crashed and the 13 other vehicles crashed in a chain reaction.

The agency said it is investigating whether the crash was a result of street racing or stemming from a road rage incident.

This is a developing story and will be updated with more information as we receive it.