ST. PETERSBURG - Florida Blood Services says it is in critical need of blood types O, A and B negative to help meet the demands of area hospitals treating people involved in the multi-car crash on Interstate 4 Wednesday morning.
According to a press release, Tampa General Hospital alone has ordered an additional 90 units of trauma blood.
"We are doing our best to meet this additional need for trauma blood," said JB Gaskins, FBS vice president of Donor Systems. "Yet with inventories of types O, A and B negative blood already at a one day or less supply, we need healthy donors to give blood as soon as possible so we can meet the ongoing demand. All blood types are needed to help these patients and others in our community."
Four people have died and 38 were injured in the 70-vehicle pile-up that involved 20 semi tractor-trailers, according to officials. Smoke from a controlled burn that got out of control and dense morning fog are believed to be the main contributors to the accident.
Generally, healthy people age 16 or older, weighing at least 110 pounds can donate blood. Additional eligibility questions as well as donation locations throughout Tampa Bay can be found by calling 1-800-68BLOOD (25663) or online at www.fbsblood.org.