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52 hurt in multiple-vehicle pileup on I-75 in Florida

By the CNN Wire Staff
October 6, 2012 -- Updated 1410 GMT (2210 HKT)
As many as 50 vehicles were involved in an accident on southbound I-75, the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office said.
As many as 50 vehicles were involved in an accident on southbound I-75, the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office said.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • NEW: Three people are in critical condition
  • The accident involves at least 46 vehicles, police say
  • There are no immediate reports of fatalities

(CNN) -- Fifty-two people were hurt Friday in a pileup involving dozens of vehicles on an interstate highway on Florida's Gulf Coast, police said.

The accident, which occurred about 3:30 p.m., involved at least 46 vehicles in the southbound lanes of I-75 on the Manatee/Sarasota county line, said Lt. Chris Miller with the Florida Highway Patrol. Twenty-two people, three of them in critical condition, were taken to area hospitals, he said.

None of the injuries was considered life-threatening, he said. "Quite a few had minor injuries that didn't require transport," he said.

The incident occurred about the time an afternoon thunderstorm struck, he said. "Weather was a contributing factor."

The Sarasota County Fire Department said that 29 people were taken to hospitals.

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HLN's Allison Rampley and CNN's Tom Watkins contributed to this report

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