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2 wrong way crashes Florida California: 11 die in 2 different freeway crashes

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There were 2 wrong way crashes, one in Florida and the other in California that claimed the lives of 11 people total this weekend On Feb. 9 Newser reported that two separate similar crashes occurred within hours of one another in different parts of the country on Sunday morning. The crash in California killed a family of four and two additional people in another vehicle. The accident in Florida claimed the lives of five people, four in one vehicle and the driver of the other.

As previously reported, a drunk driver is believed to have been the cause of the accident in Pomona, Calif. around 5:00 this morning. A 21-year-old female was driving a Camaro on the wrong side of the road and crashed head-on into an SUV, killing all four people inside. The two others that were killed were passengers in her vehicle. She is listed in stable condition at a nearby hospital and has already been charged.

The 2 wrong way crashes in Florida and California made news around the country because of their similarities. The Florida accident occurred on Tampa's Interstate 275 when a 2001 Ford Expedition was going the wrong way and crashed into a Hyundai just after 2 a.m. Upon impact, both vehicles involved burst into flames. It is unclear what caused the driver of the SUV to go on the wrong side of the highway or if police believe that alcohol was a factor. The driver of the SUV was killed in the crash.

The other four people to die in the Florida accident have been identified as Jobin Joy Kuriakose, 21, of Orlando (the driver), Ankeet Harshad Patel, 22, of Melbourne, Fla., Imtiyaz Ilias, 20, of Fort Myers, and Dammie Yesudhas, 21, also of Melbourne according to The Tampa Bay Times.

The 2 wrong way crashes in Florida and California were both devastating. The video above shows footage that a driver took while watching the crash in Tampa happen (warning: some explicit language). To see a video of the California crash aftermath, click here.

© Effie Orfanides 2014

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