11 Dead in Two Wrong-Way Crashes
Drivers in Florida and California trigger deadly accidents
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 9, 2014 4:53 PM CST
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(Newser) – In a scary weekend for freeway driving, 11 people were killed in two wrong-way crashes—one in Florida and one in California, CNN reports. The Florida crash occurred early this morning on Tampa's Interstate 275 when a Ford Expedition going south in a northbound lane struck a Hyundai, killing the Expedition driver and all four people in the Hyundai, who were men ages 20 and 21. Another driver shot a video of the accident and screamed "Oh my god! Oh my god!" as a vehicle erupted into a ball of fire, the Tampa Bay Times reports.

The California crash happened in Pomona this morning when the driver of a Chevrolet Camaro, going the wrong way on the 57 freeway, ran into a Ford Explorer and smashed into a Ford Freestyle, ABC 7 reports. The Ford Explorer was cut in half and six people—one male, five females—were pronounced dead at the scene. A seventh victim was taken to Irvine Medical Center. The Camaro driver, Olivia Culbreath, 21, was arrested for manslaughter and suspected DUI at the scene. She's being treated for a ruptured bladder and broken femur at County USC Medical Center.

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Southbound
Feb 10, 2014 12:06 PM CST
Is it me or is the individual who shot the video of the Florida crash driving (or more accurately not driving) his vehicle at the same time? If so, he's lucky that he didn't cause a second crash and more fatalities. It's bad enough that people eat, drink, call, and text while driving, but shooting videos might just be the ultimate in terms of stupidity. KEEP YOUR HANDS ON THE WHEEL AND YOUR EYES ON THE ROAD!!! THE LIFE YOU SAVE MIGHT BE YOUR OWN.
kukisvoomchor
Feb 10, 2014 1:54 AM CST
I'd imagine just about everyone has pulled onto a roadway in the wrong direction at some point, momentarily. You tend to discover your error REALLY, REALLY FAST and pull off to turn around. But only if you're not drunk or otherwise whacked out at the time, I suppose, in which case you can sail blithely on for miles.
Fatfinger
Feb 10, 2014 1:53 AM CST
where are the cops when you really need them????