A wrong-way driver caused a crash on Interstate 4 in Seffner early this morning that closed all westbound lanes for nearly five hours early Friday, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
The crash occurred about 3:45 a.m. near north Kingsway Road, prompting officials to close the westbound lanes between McIntosh Road and Interstate 75. All lanes reopened just after 8:30 a.m., troopers said.
Around 3:40 a.m., the Tampa Bay Regional Communications Center got a call of a wrong-way driver going east in the westbound lanes of I-4 at Mile Marker 10, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. Five minutes later, the driver crashed into a westbound Mercedes at Mile Marker 12.
A pickup braked to avoid the crash and was rear-ended by a flat-bed truck. The crash caused the pickup to rotate onto the outside shoulder, where it hit a parked tractor-trailer. The flat-bed truck overturned, trapping the driver, troopers said.
The drivers of the Mercedes, the pickup and the flatbed truck were taken to local hospitals with injuries that were not considered life threatening, troopers said.
The wrong-way driver, Arda Sengun, 22, was arrested on a charge of DUI with serious bodily injury. Sengun had a blood alcohol level of 0.187, troopers said. A driver is presumed impaired with a blood alcohol level higher than .08.