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FHP: Wrong-way driver crashes vehicle into SUV, causing SUV to plunge 200-300 feet

Driver of SUV pronounced dead at the scene

A wrong-way driver on Interstate 95 caused a deadly wreck early Tuesday that sent another car plunging to the ground below, according to authorities.
A wrong-way driver on Interstate 95 caused a deadly wreck early Tuesday that sent another car plunging to the ground below, according to authorities.

MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. – A wrong-way driver on Interstate 95 caused a deadly wreck early Tuesday that sent another car plunging to the ground below, according to authorities.

That car later caught on fire, killing the driver inside.

Sky 10 flew over the scene near I-95 at the Golden Glades Interchange in northwest Miami-Dade just before 6 a.m.

According to Florida Highway Patrol troopers, that’s where the driver of a silver SUV was seen heading south in the northbound express lanes, which are raised from the rest of the expressway.

That wrong-way driver slammed into another SUV that was heading in the right direction, authorities said.

According to troopers, the collision caused the second SUV to go over a concrete wall, before plunging between 200-300 feet to the ground.

Investigators say the driver of that car died at the scene. His passenger was taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Center in critical condition.

The wrong-way driver who survived the initial crash was taken to Aventura Hospital and Medical Center, also in critical condition, authorities said.

Traffic homicide investigators took photos and even used a 3D scanner to document the scene before towing the charred car away.

The Florida Highway Patrol is investigating why the driver was heading in the wrong direction.


About the Author:

Trent Kelly is an award-winning multimedia journalist who joined the Local 10 News team in June 2018. Trent is no stranger to Florida. Born in Tampa, he attended the University of Florida in Gainesville, where he graduated with honors from the UF College of Journalism and Communications.