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I-75 in Sumter reopens after 11 wrecks with 27 cars

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Published:   |   Updated: March 19, 2013 at 10:29 AM

Heavy rain was a factor in a series of crashes that shut down northbound Interstate 75  in Sumter County more than two hours Sunday afternoon, troopers said.

Troopers responded to 11 wrecks involving 27 cars about 2:30 p.m., Florida Highway Patrol spokesman Sgt. Steve Gaskins said. 

Seven people with minor injuries were taken to hospitals, including Leesburg Regional and Sumter Medical, Gaskins said.

"Wet roads and rain appear to have played a role," Gaskins said in a news release. "As such, drivers are reminded and urged to use caution on the highways by reducing speed, increasing following distance, using wipers and headlights and replacing worn tires."

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