Officers with the Florida Highway Patrol in Orange County are currently conducting an investigation into a wrong-way crash that took place early in the morning of Friday, March 30th, and resulted in the critical injury of at least one person.
The report from the Florida Highway Patrol says that it was close to 1:30 in the morning when a 27-year-old was behind the wheel of a 2017 Honda Civic in I-4’s westbound lanes. The problem was that the young man’s car was headed east.
It is not clear when the man entered the highway, and we are therefore unable to say whether or not he began driving the wrong way as soon he entered the interstate or if he crossed from the eastern lanes to the western lanes at some point after merging onto I-4.
Before the man was able to return to the correct lane, a Mazda and a semi-truck both came down the road towards him. Somehow, the man managed to collide head-on with each of these vehicles in turn, although the report did not indicate just how fast the vehicles were driving at the time of the collisions.
Emergency personnel were called in by either one of the participants in the crash or a witness to the event, and soon first responders from throughout Orange County were at the location and working to free all the people involved from their vehicles as well as administer emergency medical care to those who needed it.
Somehow, both the 18-year-old driver of the Mazda and the 45-year-old driver of the semi-truck escaped from the entire ordeal without suffering from tremendous damage to themselves. The report indicated that while both of these people were injured, their injuries were minor and able to be treated primarily at the scene of the crash.
The driver of the Honda Civic was more severely injured. He was taken by ambulance to a hospital, and he was described as being in critical condition when admitted by the medical facility.
An investigation by the Florida Highway Patrol is underway to determine just why the man driving the Civic was traveling in the wrong direction.
James O. Cunningham
Since 1977, personal injury lawyer James Cunningham has provided effective legal advocacy to people who are injured through the negligent actions of another person or entity throughout the Central Florida area. He fights to obtain recoveries for his clients’ physical and emotional pain and suffering and pursues his clients’ personal injury cases with a commitment to excellence and impeccable preparation.
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