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Troopers: Wrong-way driver causes four-car pileup on I-75 near Ruskin

RUSKIN — A driver heading the wrong way on Interstate 75 early Friday caused a four-car pileup when he collided head-on with another car, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

The crash happened about 2 a.m., minutes after troopers were alerted to a Jeep driving north in the southbound lanes of I-75 near mile marker 240, authorities said. As it headed north, the Jeep collided with a 2006 Toyota Corolla headed south.

At the same time, a 1999 Ford Expedition, which was also headed south, swerved to avoid the crash and rolled onto the shoulder before coming to rest near the tree line, troopers said. After that, a 2007 Ford Mustang collided with debris.

The Corolla driver, Erica Johnston, 24, of Sarasota, was taken to Tampa General Hospital with what troopers said were minor injuries. The Jeep driver, Daniel Lee, 44, of Valdosta, Ga., was also taken to Tampa General with minor injuries.

Despite heavy damage to the other two cars, neither of the other drivers was hospitalized.

The crash remained under investigation.

Troopers: Wrong-way driver causes four-car pileup on I-75 near Ruskin 01/31/14 [Last modified: Friday, January 31, 2014 10:45pm]
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