Teen girl injured in Interstate 4 crash identified – Daytona Beach News

A teen girl injured in a vehicle crash on Interstate 4 near Orange City over the weekend remains in critical condition, a Florida Highway Patrol official said Monday afternoon.

Brandy Howard, 17, of Tangerine, is hospitalized at Halifax Health Medical Center in Daytona Beach, said FHP’s Sgt. Kim Montes.

Howard was injured Sunday at 5:05 p.m. when the vehicle she was traveling in as a passenger was struck by another vehicle, troopers said.

According to troopers, Kaley Terry, 19, of Winter Park, was going west on I-4 when another vehicle driven by Jean-Claude Baker, 20, of Orange City, who was also westbound, changed lanes and hit the right side of Terry’s car.

Terry’s car overturned after Baker struck it, troopers said.

Baker did not suffer any injuries but Terry was taken to Halifax Health Medical Center in Daytona Beach with minor injuries, Montes said.

Crash Slowing Traffic I-4 Eastbound

According to reports, a pedestrian was hit by two vehicles on the overpass at the SR 559 interchange.

Traffic is backed up beginning at State Road 33 as drivers are funneled off the interstate eastbound at the SR 559 interchange. Traffic is being put right back on I-4 via the eastbound entrance ramp, but the Polk County Sheriff’s Office is advising motorists to find alternate routes.

Lakeland man arrested after hit-and-run on I-4

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FHP trooper involved in traffic crash

SEFFNER, Fla. – A Florida Highway Patrol trooper, his passenger, and another driver were hospitalized Wednesday night after a crash on I-4 when the trooper attempted to cross the highway with emergency lights on.

The trooper had been investigating a crash on westbound I-4 near mile marker 12 in Seffner around 10:00 p.m., according to FHP.  The trooper tried to cross the westbound lanes to help one of the motorists return to her vehicle. 

The patrol car crossed into the path of a box truck where the two collided, sending the cruiser into the unoccupied vehicle from the initial crash. The box truck also spun around and hit another vehicle traveling along westbound I-4.

The trooper was transported to Lakeland Regional Medical Center and the passenger in the cruiser along with the driver of the box truck were taken to Brandon Regional Hospital. Investigators say their injuries appear to be non-life threatening.

Westbound lanes of I-4 were closed while the FHP investigated.

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Trooper recovering after crash in Seffner

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Florida State Trooper Injured in Highway Collision

A Florida state trooper was injured in a crash Wednesday night on Interstate 4 in the area of Seffner, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

Two lanes of westbound I-4 remain closed just west of McIntosh Road. Traffic has been reduced to just the outside lane, FHP Said.

The injury to the trooper was minor, said Larry McKinnon, a Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office spokesman. The sheriff’s office was on the scene assisting FHP with traffic. FHP is investigating the crash.

Just before 10 p.m., a trooper, whose name hasn’t been released, was completing a crash investigation on Interstate 4 in the Seffner area. The two vehicles in the crash had been heading westbound. After the crash, one vehicle was on the outside shoulder and the other vehicle was in the inside shoulder.

The trooper went to drive across Interstate 4 to take the driver of the unoccupied car that was left in the inside shoulder back to her car, FHP said.

As the trooper drove across the lanes, the trooper’s vehicle, which had its emergency lights on, was struck by a box truck heading west on I-4, FHP said.

The front of the truck struck the patrol vehicle, causing the patrol car to rotate into the emergency lane and crash into the vacant vehicle that was in the inside shoulder. The truck also rotated and crashed with another vehicle heading west on I-4.

The trooper was transported to Lakeland Regional Medical Center. The female passenger in the patrol car and the driver of the vehicle heading westbound that was struck by the truck were taken to Brandon Regional Medical Center.

Trooper transported to hospital after crash in Seffner

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All WB I-4 lanes blocked after patrol car-involved crash



Video: All WB I-4 lanes blocked after patrol car-involved crash



Seffner, Florida–  All westbound lanes on I-4 near Mango in Seffner closed Wednesday night after an accident involving a Florida Highway Patrol car and several other vehicles. 

PICS of the accident site here

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, a trooper was assisting passengers from two cars that were initially involved in a separate crash, when he himself got into an accident.

Just before 10:00 p.m., officials say the trooper was attempting to cross the westbound lanes of the interstate to help a woman from the previous crash back to her car, when he entered into the path of a box truck. 

The box truck collided with the trooper’s car, which then rotated into the emergency lane and struck an unoccupied car from the previous crash. 

Meanwhile, the box truck collided with another car that was also heading west on the interstate at the time. 

Reports say the trooper was taken to Lakeland Regional Medical Center, and is expected to recover. 

The trooper’s passenger and the driver of the other vehicle hit by the box truck were taken to Brandon Regional Hospital. They are also expected to recover. 

The driver of the box truck was not injured. 

All westbound lanes were still blocked as of 11:15 p.m. 

10 News will continue with updates as they become available. 

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Two dead in separate Orange County car crashes

A 2006 Dodge Charger traveling north on Turkey Lake ran off the road and hit a fence and two trees. The 24-year-old driver, a Windermere resident, was pronounced dead at the scene, said FHP spokeswoman Sgt. Kim Montes.

Two passengers were taken to a hospital, one in serious condition, the other with minor injuries, she said. Montes did not release the name of the person killed.

The second accident occurred about a half hour later, when a red 2012 Ford Edge ran into a 2012 Chrysler van in the southbound lane of John Young Parkway by the intersection of Cathy Street, near the 33rd Street Jail.

The driver of the car that rammed into the van was ejected from his auto, which overturned. The van caught fire. The driver of the Edge, a 20-year-old Mascotte resident, was pronounced dead on the scene, Montes said. She did not release his name.

Prior to that accident, the driver of the Edge had been spotted by the Orlando Police Department stopped in the turning lane of John Young Parkway onto eastbound I-4, reclining in his seat. A police report stated the driver appeared disoriented and, when asked by the officer to get out of the car, stepped on the gas and left.

The report said the driver caused a minor accident as he sped away but did not stop. By the time the officer got back in his car, he saw a fire farther down the road, the report stated.

Five occupants of the minivan were transported to the hospital in stable condition. The report stated they did not know what had happened to them.

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Coughing fit causes tractor-trailer carrying lumber to crash on I-4

A tractor-trailer carrying lumber lost control on Interstate 4 eastbound early Friday morning, spilling the load on his truck.

Troopers said the driver, Carl Thompson, 60, of Winter Haven began coughing and lost control of the truck.

Three other cars crashed while trying to avoid the debris that spilled onto the westbound lanes of the highway, troopers said.

An ambulance was struck from behind by another driver as it arrived to take the injured to the hospital.

The cleanup took seven hours, troopers said.

The injuries to three people were minor, but the mess was a huge traffic nightmare Friday morning, forcing drivers off the interstate and onto side streets.

Thompson was ticketed for careless driving after telling troopers that he lost control of his vehicle.

“He started coughing, and as he started coughing he lost control. The left side of truck struck the center concrete barrier, sending the lumber that was on the bed of the semi into the west bound lanes,” said Kim Montes of the Florida Highway Patrol.

Both people in the first car that crashed were hospitalized, along with the driver of the car that crashed into the ambulance. 

The two rescue workers in the ambulance were not injured.