Orlando Sentinel, January 10, 2008
Latest statistics –
70 car pile up
38 injured with 4 being critical
Traffic Watch: I-4 still closed this morning in Polk County
The warnings came long before metal slammed into metal on a moonless, socked-in Interstate- 4 early Wednesday.
Before sunset Tuesday, National Weather Service meteorologists issued a fog alert based on a scale of one through 10. Experts consider seven or higher to be risky for drivers. The forecast for north Polk County was a 10.
A few hours later, the state Division of Forestry told the Florida Highway Patrol to expect dangerous
conditions because of a particularly stubborn and smoky wildfire at I-4 and County Road 557. The
blaze escaped from a controlled burn meant to get rid of dangerously dry brush.