On Sunday, Sep. 7, three victims were identified in yet another,
wrong-way crash that occurred along the I-275, the fourth head-on-collision to occur within
the last seven months.
It was a gruesome scene, all too familiar to local highway patrol troopers.
"It is a shame three people have lost their lives. Hopefully we don't
have to be out here anytime soon," said Trooper Stephen Dachs.
According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the mangled Honda was heading
the wrong way on I-275, just past Bearss Avenue.
At the wheel, was 33-year-old G.L. Her 31-year-old sister, L.L. was in
the passenger seat, and 26-year-old J.P. was also a passenger.
The white Honda driven by G.L. was headed southbound in the northbound
travel lanes of I-275. G.L. slammed head-on into a semi-truck carrying
gasoline around 6 am on Sunday morning.
G.L. and her two passengers were killed, but the truck driver, a resident
of Lakeland was unharmed.
According to Fox 13, this is the fourth wrong way collision since February
to occur on the I-275 between Bearss and Busch Boulevard. Since the first
accident, there has been a total of ten fatalities.
"I have no indication as to why that is occurring," said Trooper Dachs.
Just three weeks prior, E.D. drove several miles along the I-4, then the
I-275 headed in the wrong direction. E.D. ultimately crashed into an ambulance
and was killed.
In February, C.L. lost his life after crashing into a box truck while heading
the wrong way near Bearss.
The week before that fatal crash, a concerned citizen captured a startling
video of D.M. heading the wrong way near Busch Boulevard. D.M.'s adventure
ended when he slammed into another vehicle, killing four USF fraternity brothers.
Troopers told Fox 13 that wrong way collisions are rare, but after recent
events they want drivers to pay closer attention.
"Look for road signs if you are traveling in the interstate and look
for vehicles that are traveling in your direction. You want to pull over
and make sure you are not traveling the wrong way," said Trooper Dachs.
The FHP reported that in the three previous wrong way crashes this year,
the drivers were either under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Currently, troopers are awaiting on toxicology results for Sunday's
most recent crash, but it could take up to four to six weeks to get the
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