Wrong-way crashes are not exactly common on Florida roads, but they are certainly not unheard of. How drivers can enter the wrong lanes of a road is bewildering, but it does happen. Two separate wrong-way crashes occurred in Central Florida over the weekend, leaving two drivers dead.
The first car accident occurred on State Road 520 when a 55-year-old driver, who had a passenger along with him, got into the westbound lanes and drove east. This happened early in the morning, at about 12:40 a.m. The motorist collided with pickup truck driven by a man from Rockledge.
The driver headed the wrong way was killed in the accident, while his passenger was taken to Holmes Regional Medical Center with serious injuries. The 40-year-old driver of the pickup truck was taken to the same hospital for treatment of his injuries. The crash was under investigation.
Another crash occurred early the same morning, hours later. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, a 24-year-old driver drove south in the northbound lanes of Florida’s Turnpike, near Winter Garden. He collided with a BMW driven by a 36-year-old woman.
Sadly, that woman died at the scene. The pickup driver and his passenger sustained serious injuries as well and were taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center, according to the Orlando Sentinel. Charges are pending in the accident.
Alcohol is sometimes to blame in deadly wrong-way crashes. It’s not clear at this point whether alcohol may have played a role in either crash.
Source: Orlando Sentinel, “2 killed in wrong-way crashes overnight,” David Breen, Feb. 26, 2012