No Fair

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By Jeff M. Hardison

No Fair

Life is not fair.

Saturday at about 7:30 a.m., my wife Sharon and I left to go to the Florida State Fair in Tampa.

I had plans to take photos of award-winning cattle and to have lots of fun.

I drove our Jeep on Alt. 27 to catch I-75 at Ocala, but it was very foggy.

I decided to go down U.S. Highway 19 instead, because the traffic would be slower and lighter than on the Interstate.

Shortly after going through Chiefland on 19, we smelled smoke.

Almost immediately, we couldn't see a thing. I pulled over. I lit my four-way flashers as I parked on the western grass. Others pulled over too. A minute or so after that, we couldn't even see the cars three feet in front of us.

I called 9-1-1 and advised the dispatcher that visibility was zero. I said the road should be closed. We heard a bunch of beeps and then a crash. We waited. Then, we heard another screech and crash.

I called 9-1-1 again to let them know about the accidents. I was told that help was on the way. We heard sirens. We only saw fog and smoke.

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