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Old 02-23-2014, 05:58 AM
 
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How stupid do you have to be to go the wrong way on the Interstate...in a small street I can imagine since some streets are really weird designed with a left turn that could take you into a 2 lane that is most obvious but if you look carefully it has to be the 1 lane after the divider and plants in the middle....I have seen that a couple of times.

But on the Interstate the signs with "wrong turn go back" are very clear!
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Old 08-15-2014, 05:13 AM
 
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One person dead in wrong-way I-275 crash in Tampa

You've got to think these guys are on a suicide mission. What a terrorizing thing to be on the receiving end of this kind of crash. Hope the ambulance drivers are okay.
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Old 08-16-2014, 08:22 AM
 
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This was the third wrong-way fatal crash on the same stretch of I-275 this year. On Feb. 9, Daniel Lee Morris, 28, drove south in the northbound lanes of I-275 and collided near Busch Boulevard with a 2010 Hyundai carrying four University of South Florida fraternity brothers. All five men died.

Less than two weeks later, Chase Kaleb Leveille, 25, drove a Honda Civic north on the southbound side of I-275 and collided with a rental truck near Bearss Avenue. Leveille was killed and the two men in the truck were injured.

Florida Department of Transportation officials are taking steps to better protect motorists against wrong-way drivers.

Message boards warn motorists after the first 911 call. And the agency is testing interstate sensors that would automatically notify the FDOT of a wrong-way driver even before that first 911 call.

Upgrades are also in the works for wrong-way signs on ramps. In the future, they'll be much bigger and lowered to the driver's line of sight. The signs would be equipped with sensors to trigger warning lights.


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Old 08-16-2014, 08:24 AM
 
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A lot of drunks is the reason.
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Old 08-16-2014, 08:29 AM
 
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they'll devise some way to alert/flash lights to tell the drivers they're headed up the wrong ramp - it's pretty scary that this can happen -
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Old 08-16-2014, 10:31 AM
 
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It would probably be too expensive, but they should put one of these on every on/off ramp.


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Old 08-16-2014, 10:40 PM
 
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Tonight on "On the Hunt with John Walsh" yet another deadly crash was profiled.

The drunk driver Christopher Ponce after killing one and injuring two others was given house arrest. Well now he is "in the wind". He outsmarted the cops(not too hard to do in FL),cut of his ankle bracelet and is a fugitive.

He also drove the wrong way on the I-275.
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Old 09-08-2014, 03:37 AM
 
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Victims identified in Tampa wrong-way crash | TBO.com, The Tampa Tribune and The Tampa Times


TAMPA — Another wrong-way crash on Interstate 275 left three people dead and the interstate’s northbound lanes closed for several hours early Sunday morning.

It was the fourth fatal wrong-way crash on I-275 around Tampa since February.

The crash happened around 6:10 a.m., when a 2013 Honda heading south in the northbound lanes crashed head-on into a tractor-trailer going the proper direction, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

Killed Sunday morning were driver Gabrielle A. Lanier, 33, and her sister, Lakritra Lanier, 31, both of Tampa, and John Lee Pierson, 26, of Riverview, the FHP said.

The tractor trailer’s driver, Michael F. Kellogg, 50, of Lakeland, was not injured, records show. He was hauling petroleum products for Gemini Motor Transport.

It is too soon to say if drugs and alcohol were a factor in Sunday’s crash, as toxicology results could take weeks, said FHP Sgt. Steve Gaskins.

Sunday morning’s crash offered a grim scene to morning motorists.

The Honda was demolished, and northbound lanes were closed for hours, in part, because the car had to be cut away from a victim so their body could be removed, Gaskins said.

“Oil was spilled everywhere,” Gaskins said. “The victims were covered in oil. It was a nasty and unpleasant crash scene.”

The series of fatal wrong-way wrecks began Feb. 9, when Daniel Lee Morris took off from a party in his friend’s Ford Explorer before heading south in the northbound lanes on I-275 near Busch Boulevard.

Morris, whose blood-alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit at 0.2 crashed head-on into a Hyundai Sonata carrying University of South Florida students Jobin Joy Kuriakose, 21, of Orlando; Ankeet Harshad Patel, 22, of Melbourne; Imtiyaz Ilias, 20, of Fort Myers; and Dammie Yesudas, 21, of Melbourne.

All five people died.

In Florida, a person is considered legally intoxicated with a blood-alcohol level of 0.08. Morris also had a small amount of marijuana in his system.

On Feb. 21, Chase Kaleb Leveille, 25, was killed on I-275 when his car struck a box truck head-on near Bearss Avenue. Toxicology reports showed that Leveille had a blood-alcohol count of 0.21 and was under the influence of marijuana. The crash happened around 2:45 a.m., records said.

Investigators said Leveille was initially traveling southbound on I-275 near Busch Boulevard, but for unknown reasons made a U-turn, heading north — the wrong direction — when his 1993 Honda Civic hit the truck.

On Aug. 15, Edward Jose Duran, 23, was killed after he drove a 1997 Honda Accord north in a southbound lane on I-275, just north of downtown Tampa, when he struck an ambulance head-on. The wreck happened at 2:45 a.m.

Troopers suspect Duran had been drinking or taking drugs. The ambulance’s driver and passenger, an emergency technician, were treated at St. Joseph’s Hospital with minor injuries.

Gaskins said it is fortunate that the Honda driven by Gabrielle Lanier on Sunday did not hit a vehicle smaller than the tractor-trailer, as the number of fatalities could have been higher.

“Wrong-way crashes are rare, but because of high closure speeds — 120 to 140 mph — they typically result in serious injury or death,” he said.
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Old 09-08-2014, 03:44 AM
 
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https://www.google.com/maps/@28.0880.../data=!3m1!1e3

I'm not sure where exactly the accident occurred, but this intersection at Bearrs @ 275 looks like there's a few possibilities where someone not familiar with the area might go up the wrong ramp.
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Old 09-08-2014, 09:33 AM
 
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The cops were stating that most of the drivers didn't enter the Interstate the wrong way but just made a U-turn for some reason.

That is even more scary since that is almost impossible to prevent.
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