SARASOTA, Fla. — Update:
Florida Highway Patrol has identified the people killed in the crash. Joseph Lydic, 50, of Sarasota, was driving the cement truck. Joseph Pontillo, 24, of Sarasota, was driving a Dodge Dakota. Jose Leal, 56, of Cape Coral, was one of the men changing a flat tire. Mario Mendoza, 53, of Cape Coral, is in critical condition. He was the other man changing a tire.
Three people were killed and two others injured Monday morning in a crash on Interstate 75 in Sarasota.
Florida Highway Patrol said several cars and a cement truck were involved in the crash in the northbound lane near the Fruitville Road exit.
The highway reopened to traffic around 4 p.m.
Troopers say, so far, their investigation shows the cars involved include a: Ford Mustang, cement truck, Toyota Corolla, Dodge Dakota, Chevy truck, Dodge truck and another Chevy truck.
Troopers say the drivers of one of the Chevy trucks and a Dodge truck were on the side of the highway fixing a flat tire when they were hit by the driver of a Dodge Dakota.
However, it's not yet known who or what caused the larger crash.
Anyone with information is asked to call Florida Highway Patrol at *FHP (*347) from their cell phone.
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