Following Friday’s crash where one person was killed (who we now know to be bass player David Zablidowsky) and six others injured when a tractor-trailer veered off Interstate 75 and struck ADRENALINE MOB‘s RV, which had pulled off the highway with a flat tire, reports gainesville.com.
Marion County firefighters were dispatched at 12:24 p.m. The accident was on the southbound side near Micanopy.
At the scene, a sound man for the band, Adrenaline Mob, said the metal group was traveling in the RV and a van that was pulling a covered trailer.
A total of nine people were in the vehicles. One died, six were taken to area hospitals, and the other two declined medical treatment. The majority of those injured were listed in serious condition and one was in critical condition as of late Friday night. Those injured were taken to UF Health Shands Hospital and North Florida Regional Medical Center.
FHP identified the people in the crash and described their injuries as follows:
• Robert Edwin Haines, 59 of Largo, driver of the 2014 semi, who was not injured;
• Jason McCole, 41 of Wilksbarre, Pa., driver of the RV, who was seriously injured;
• One passenger in the RV who was deceased, whose name has not been released pending family notification; (who we now know to be bass player David Zablidowsky)
• A second passenger in the RV, Russell Allen, 38, of New Jersey, who was seriously injured;
• A third passenger, Janet Revis, 48, of Pitts Pond, Pa., who was critically injured, who was seriously injured;
• A fourth passenger, Dale Campiglia, 51 of Levittown, N.Y., who was seriously injured;
• A fifth passenger, Robert Dressler, 45 of Plaines, Pa., who was seriously injured;
• The driver of driver of a 2003 GMC Sierra, Jordan Cannata, 27 of West Babylon, N.Y., who was seriously injured; and
• The lone passenger in the GMC, 46-year-old Mike Orlando of Staten Island, N.Y., who seriously injured.
Haines declined comment to a reporter. The driver was traveling from Atlanta to Orlando and was hauling cooking oil, troopers said. The side of the truck said Twiss Transport, Inc., Largo.
The FHP was still investigating late Friday night. Troopers believe the RV was traveling southbound on I-75 near Mile Marker 372. The GMC was traveling with the RV and both vehicles stopped on the shoulder. The semi collided with the vehicles that were stopped on the shoulder and the RV caught fire where the passenger died. The RV and the GMC were traveling together. The RV had a flat tire, so both vehicles pulled off the highway. The trailer that was being towed by the van was hauling musical equipment.
Marion County Fire Rescue officials said they arrived at 12:38 p.m. The fire was under control at 12:54 p.m. Firefighters from multiple fire stations throughout the county went to the location. Fire officials said a group of registered nurses from Shands stopped at the scene and provide aid to the victims.
Dressler, one of the people who had been riding in the RV, said he is the sound man for Adrenaline Mob, which was en route from Biloxi, Mississippi, to St. Petersburg, where it was scheduled to perform Friday night at the State Theater. Dressler said he heard a “boom” when the truck hit the RV. He was in a bunk at the time.
The deceased was pronounced dead at 12:42 p.m. Among the injured were band members. A spokesperson for the band declined comment when reached by the Star-Banner on Friday.
Marine Lance Cpl. Patrick Dumon was northbound on I-75, headed from Tampa to Gainesville, when he came upon the accident scene. He told a reporter that he ran over and pulled the RV driver out of his vehicle. He administered first aid and kept talking to the man, who said his name was Jason, while waiting for emergency crews to arrive. He learned that Jason himself was a retired Marine.
Dumon said he also assisted pulling two more people from the trailer.
The Alachua County Sheriff’s Office issued an alert for motorists, informing them that southbound traffic was being diverted at Micanopy. They urged drivers to use an alternate route. Up to late Friday night, two southbound lanes were re-opened.
R.I.P. David Zablidowsky