Fatalities reported in crash that closes U.S. Hwy 27

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A multiple-vehicle crash has shut down both directions of U.S. Highway 27 in Lake County.

At least two people were killed at the scene of the crash, near the intersection with Lake Louisa Rd., just south of Clermont (GMap).  Several others were injured and transported to area hospitals.

Troopers with the Florida Highway Patrol say the crash happened around 1:35 p.m. and involved at least seven vehicles, including a semi trailer truck.  That truck had overturned and was blocking all southbound lanes of the highway; northbound lanes were closed while troopers investigated.

One of the cars involved in the crash caught on fire and required assistance from firefighters, FHP said.

Drivers need to seek an alternate route for the next several hours.  This crash remains under investigation. Check back for updates.