Wrong-way car crashes in Florida and
California kill 11
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[February 10, 2014]
By Brendan O'Brien
(Reuters) — Eleven people died early
Sunday in two highway collisions, one in Florida and one in California,
caused by drivers going the wrong way, authorities said.
Five people died in the Florida collision and six were killed in
A Ford Expedition SUV traveling south on northbound Interstate 275
in Tampa, Florida, collided head-on with a Hyundai Sonata just after
2 a.m., killing the SUV driver and all four people in the other car,
according to a Florida Highway Patrol news release.
The SUV became engulfed in flames, the patrol report said. The other
vehicle was also damaged by fire. The driver and all three
passengers in the car were members of the Sigma Beta Rho fraternity
at the University of South Florida in Tampa, the patrol said.
The identity of SUV driver has not been confirmed due to extensive
damage to the vehicle, the patrol said. It is unclear if alcohol was
involved in the crash, the patrol said.
In California, six people were killed in a pre-dawn crash when a
motorist was traveling the wrong way on a highway east of Los
Angeles, according to the California Highway Patrol.
Three vehicles were involved in the crash on the 60 Freeway in
Diamond Bar, California, according to a state patrol news release.
A Chevrolet Camaro was headed eastbound in a westbound lane of 60
east of Diamond Bar Boulevard when it struck a Ford Explorer, which
was then hit by a Ford Freestyle, the patrol said.
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The driver of the Camaro, a 21-year-old woman, suffered major
injuries and two of her passengers died, as did four people from the
other two vehicles, the patrol said. The driver was placed under
arrest for suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol
causing great bodily injury and death and for manslaughter, the
Online state patrol logs show a vehicle was reportedly traveling at
100 mph on the wrong side of the highway before the collision
Diamond Bar is 30 miles east of Los Angeles.
(Additional reporting by Kevin Murphy; editing by Edith Honan and
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