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Two Drivers dead in Head-On Collision

Jonathan Hernandez10 months ago

A wrong-way driver caused a fatal accident on Interstate 275 in Florida on Friday morning.

Details about the Wrong-Way Accident

WFTS News in Tampa Bay is reporting that a wrong-way driver is to blame for a fatal accident that happened on Friday morning.

The driver was heading north on the southbound lanes of Interstate 275 when the driver collided with another driver on the access ramp just north of the Ashley Driver/Jefferson Street exits early Friday morning.

The accident backed up traffic on Interstate 4 westbound and on Interstate 275 southbound from Busch to the downtown area. Motorists were told to expect major delays during the morning commute.

At least two people were confirmed dead as a result of the accident, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. The two men that died were each in different vehicles.

That accident happened around 5:40 a.m., when two vehicles collided head-on and stopped in the southbound travel lanes of the ramp.

47-year-old Larry Lorenza Thompson of Tampa, was driving the wrong direction on the Interstate when he crashed nearly head-on into a 2006 GMC Envoy that was being driven by 65-year-old Eugene Fischer of San Antonio, Florida.

According to Florida Highway Patrol, neither of them men were wearing their seat belts at the time of the accident.

 State troopers are working right now to determine whether or not alcohol or drugs were involved in the accident.

Important Information about Car Accidents in Florida

According to the Florida Integrated Report Exchange System:

  • So far, in 2016, there have been a total of 37,348 reported crashes.
  • Since January, there have been a total of 225 reported traffic fatalities in the state.
  • 23,683 injuries have been reported in Florida since January. 

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