wrong-way crash

Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office

A wrong-way crash in Seffner on Friday left one man dead and another injured.

Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office

A Hillsborough County sheriff's deputy who worked as a traffic crash investigator was killed after his car was hit head-on by a wrong-way driver, who also died in the accident.

The Florida Highway Patrol says five people are dead and two others are injured following an early morning wrong-way crash on Interstate 95 near Miami.

The crash happened around 1 a.m. Wednesday in a northbound I-95 express lane.

Trooper Joe Sanchez tells local news outlets that a woman in a pickup truck was traveling southbound in the express lane. Her truck sideswiped one vehicle and hit another head-on. Four adults in a sedan were killed in the crash. The pickup driver also died.

Motor vehicle crashes are a leading causes of injury and death in the United States. And while wrong-way crashes account for a small percentage of the accidents, more than a dozen people have died in an outbreak of wrong-way driving on Tampa-area roads.

FHP Starts Wrong-Way Driving Campaign

Oct 16, 2014

The Florida Highway Patrol is kicking off a campaign to prevent wrong-way crashes around the Tampa bay area, after five crashes led to eleven deaths so far this year.

An additional 30 troopers from across the state will be located around I-75, I-275 and other roadways to arrest wrong-way and DUI drivers.

FHP spokesperson Sgt. Steve Gaskins said drivers should make good decisions before they start drinking.

An Oldsmar woman was arrested early Wednesday morning after she drove the wrong way on the Veterans Expressway near Gunn Highway in Tampa, according to Florida Highway Patrol.

During a taping for an upcoming Florida Matters on an apparent outbreak of wrong-way crashes in the Tampa Bay area, Florida Highway Patrol Sgt. Steve Gaskins said this latest arrest happened at about 1:30 a.m.