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Woman Dies, Husband Injured, After Vehicle Overturns on I-75, Several Caged Animals Escape Vehicle

UPDATE: 7/3/2017, 4:30 P.M. – The Florida Highway Patrol has identified the victims as Francis Lockamy, 69, and his wife Linda Lockamy, 60, of Brandon.

Officials say Francis was driving a 1999 Toyota 4 Runner northbound on I-75 when for unknown reasons the vehicle departed the roadway, struck a concrete barrier, and overturned several times. Francis was transported to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Tampa where he was listed in Serious Condition. Linda died at the scene from her injuries.

The cause of the accident is still under investigation.

ORIGINAL REPORT:

UPDATE: 5:30 P.M. – Officials have confirmed at least one fatality associated with the accident.

BROOKSVILLE – Fire Rescue is on the scene of an overturned vehicle in the northbound lanes of I-75, where sources say several people are injured, including one possible fatality.

There are unconfirmed reports that paramedics are performing CPR on at least one trauma patient and a second is en route to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Tampa with unknown injuries.

According to source, the vehicle was carrying several cages with animals still trapped inside. Some of the animals escaped and have run into a nearby wood line. It is unknown what kind of animals the vehicle was carrying.

Traffic delays can be expected at the onramp to I-75, north of Hwy 50.

We will bring more on this story as it develops.

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  • There is also a Rescuer’s Rainbow Bridge. I hope her husband is able to take comfort, in time, that she passed doing something she loved, something meaningful, that made the world a better place for God’s forgotten innocents.
    The Rescuers Final Reward by Benny Archuleta….

    “The Rescuer’s Final Reward”
    Unlike most days at the Rainbow Bridge, this day dawned cold and gray.
    All the recent arrivals at the Bridge did not know what to think, as they had never seen such a day. But the animals who had been waiting longer for their beloved people to accompany them across the Bridge knew what was happening, and they began to gather at the pathway leading to the Bridge.
    Soon an elderly dog came into view, head hung low and tail dragging.
    He approached slowly, and though he showed no sign of injury or illness, he was in great emotional pain. Unlike the animals gathered along the pathway, he had not been restored to youth and vigor upon arriving at the Bridge. He felt out of place, and wanted only to cross over and find happiness.

    But as he approached the Bridge, his way was barred by an angel, who
    apologized and explained that the tired and broken-spirited old dog could not cross over. Only those animals accompanied by their people were allowed to cross the Bridge. Having nobody, and with nowhere else to turn, the dog trudged into the field in front of the Bridge.

    There he found others like himself, elderly or infirm, sad and
    discouraged. Unlike the other animals waiting to cross the Bridge, these animals were not running or playing. They simply were lying in the grass, staring forlornly at the pathway across the Rainbow Bridge. The old dog took his place among them, watching the pathway and waiting.yet not knowing for what he was waiting.

    One of the newer dogs at the Bridge asked a cat who had been there
    longer to explain what was happening. The cat replied, “Those poor animals were abandoned, turned away, or left at rescue places, but never found a home on earth. They all passed on with only the love of a rescuer to comfort them. Because they had no people to love them, they have nobody to escort them across the Rainbow Bridge.”

    The dog asked the cat, “So what will happen to those animals?” Before
    the cat could answer, the clouds began to part and the cold turned to
    bright sunshine. The cat replied, “Watch, and you will see.”

    In the distance was a single person, and as he approached the Bridge the
    old, infirm and sad animals in the field were bathed in a golden light.
    They were at once made young and healthy, and stood to see what their fate
    would be. The animals who had previously gathered at the pathway bowed
    their heads as the person approached. At each bowed head, the person
    offered a scratch or hug. One by one, the now youthful and healthy animals
    from the field fell into line behind the person. Together, they walked
    across the Rainbow Bridge to a future of happiness and unquestioned love.

    The dog asked the cat, “What just happened?”

    The cat responded, “That was a rescuer. The animals gathered along the
    pathway bowing in respect were those who had found their forever homes
    because of rescuers. They will cross over when their people arrive at the
    Bridge. The arrival here of a rescuer is a great and solemn event, and as a
    tribute they are permitted to perform one final act of rescue. They are
    allowed to escort all those poor animals they couldn’t place
    on earth across the Rainbow Bridge.”

    The dog thought for a moment, then said, “I like rescuers.” The cat
    smiled and replied, “So does heaven, my friend. So does heaven

    Tuesday, 4 July 2017, 8:07 pm
  • Prayers for the husband and for the poor cats who ran off.
    Omg what a tragedy. The woman was a well known rescue, heartbreaking.

    Tuesday, 4 July 2017, 1:21 pm
  • What’s the rainbow bridge??

    Monday, 3 July 2017, 5:34 pm
  • They did start a Gofundme page to pay for the funeral. So very sad. Her husband will need a lot of help.
    https://www.gofundme.com/pb477m-janice-lockamy-cat-rescuer-fund?lipi=urn%3Ali%3Apage%3Ad_flagship3_feed%3BbaXv%2BxndRHiHXyKVu13mWg%3D%3D

    Monday, 3 July 2017, 5:17 pm
  • I was one of the woman (there were 2) who administered CPR until EMTs arrived. It was a VERY sad scene. When EMTs came, we then went to remove the cages from the trunk n put in the shade. We gave water to those we could. I felt SO BAD for her husband. He was in shock and unknown injuries. Does anyone know how he is holding up? Rip Janice

    Monday, 3 July 2017, 4:00 pm
  • 6 weeks ago she brough me 3 kittens that were a week old that had been left in a shopping cart at walmart in winter haven 2 passed but the serviving kitten is 7 weeks old shebwas suppose to come back when itbwas 8 to 12 weeks to find its forever home so know in memory of janice i will be keeping her and i have named her janice in her honor and memory janice lockamy is now in rainbowbridge taking care of the 3 kittens and all the kittens and cats that have crossed over i know her fur babies will miss her as well as me and i pray for her husbands recovery and hope god gives him comfort in knowing shebwill bevwaiting on him at rainbowbridge

    Monday, 3 July 2017, 1:03 pm
    • What a lovely remembrance

      Saturday, 8 July 2017, 4:41 pm
  • RIP Janice. Thank you for all you’ve done to help the kitties. Hoping her hubby is ok and all of the kitties, injured and there and the lost ones are ok as well.

    Monday, 3 July 2017, 10:35 am
  • the animals onboard were rescue cats, saved from a shelter in Tampa, on their way to a sanctuary in the carolinas.

    Monday, 3 July 2017, 8:27 am
    • I hope someone still gets them here to NC and that they’ve not been turned over to Animal Control to be put down!

      Monday, 3 July 2017, 12:32 pm
  • She was transporting cats to. A rescue in NC

    Monday, 3 July 2017, 7:29 am
  • This was one of my dear friends and her husband. They were transporting several dogs to new homes. She has been an asset to the animal rescue community for many years. I am heartbroken to learn of her passing and praying for her husband and the animals.

    Monday, 3 July 2017, 6:42 am
  • She was carrying rescue cats to NC. JR you will never be forgotten for all your rescue efforts and love. Prayers to your husband and all involved. The rainbow bridge is waiting.

    Monday, 3 July 2017, 5:28 am
  • Rip to a lovely lady. She’s over rainbow bridge with all the cats now xx

    Monday, 3 July 2017, 4:38 am
  • One of the occupants was an animal rescuer and transporter, and the animals that were in cages were part of a rescue transport. That individual passed away.

    Monday, 3 July 2017, 3:28 am
  • The animals were cats being transported. The lady that died was well known to the rescue community.

    Monday, 3 July 2017, 1:49 am
  • Saw this on the way back from St. Augustine …other direction but obviously something serious!

    Sunday, 2 July 2017, 8:13 pm
    • It was a woman and her husband who worked in animal rescue. They were transporting 21 cats. She was killed, her husband was taken to the hospital. Seven of the cats escaped, all the others are okay. Janice was well known in the rescue community and it is,a horrible loss

      Monday, 3 July 2017, 1:00 am
  • Prayers for all..

    Sunday, 2 July 2017, 6:29 pm
  • prayers for all involved

    Sunday, 2 July 2017, 5:26 pm

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