Woman Dies In Wrong Way SB I-75 Crash

Update: All lanes are open.

The Florida Highway Patrol says a 25-year-old female from Tampa has died at about 6:15 a.m. Monday morning after a wrong-way crash on I-75.

The crash occurred Monday morning at 4:35 a.m. when the FHP received reports of a wrong-way driver traveling northbound in the southbound lanes of I-75 north of SR-52 in Pasco County.

The wrong-way vehicle, a 2012 Nissan passenger car, was traveling in the inside lane which was occupied by a southbound tractor trailer hauling food and beverage products. When the commercial driver saw the oncoming vehicle he attempted to avoid a collision and swerved towards the outside lane.

Officials say the wrong-way vehicle collided with the left side of the tractor trailer at the 290 milepost. The tractor trailer came to a controlled stop while the Nissan traveled to the median and onto the concrete barrier wall. The female driver sustained serious injuries and was airlifted to Bayonet Point Medical Center.

The crash has closed the southbound lanes of I-75 with all traffic being diverted at Exit 293. The FHP says one lane is getting by as of 7:12 a.m.

The tractor trailer driver, 42-year-old Slawomir Plonski of Port St. Lucie did not suffer any injuries in the accident.