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

(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.

Officials investigate the scene of a multiple vehicle accident where 6 people were killed on the westbound Pomona Freeway in Diamond Bar, Calif. on Sunday morning, Feb. 9, 2013.
Officials investigate the scene of a multiple vehicle accident where 6 people were killed on the westbound Pomona Freeway in Diamond Bar, Calif. on Sunday morning, Feb. 9, 2013.   (AP Photo/San Gabriel Valley Tribune,Watchara Phomicinda)
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This video captures the crash in Florida. Be warned, it's hard to watch.   (YouTube)

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