4 recovering after wrong-way crash on I-4
ORLANDO, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35) - Four people are recovering after a wrong-way crash on Interstate 4.
Investigators say the driver entered the South Street exit ramp, then smashed into a car. Despite the warning signs, police say the driver onto the interstate. It happened at around 3 o'clock Thursday morning.
Orlando police say the driver headed westbound in the eastbound lanes for around one mile, before crashing head-on with another vehicle. It happened by the State Road 408 overpass.
"All the semi's were going really slowly and all the cars on this side," explained Mary Paret, who lives nearby. "There was no cars on this side, except for the wrecker truck, the tow truck, that came up and stuff."
All the eastbound lanes were shut down for about an hour to clear the scene.
"I'll make sure I'm never on the highway at that time," Paret added. "It makes me weary, because what if I was on the road and had my kids in the car and I was the one that got hit. What if something happened to me or my kids?"
Investigators said four people in this crash were taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
Police are trying to find out if alcohol was involved in the accident. According to Florida Highway Patrol, 96 people died in wrong-way crashes in Florida and over 1,400 were injured last year.
The Florida Department of Transportation said they will consider installing a wrong-way alert at the South Street exit ramp, once construction in that area is finished.