ORLANDO, Florida. — A 22-year-old Florida Highway Patrolman deliberately crashed into a car that was heading in the wrong direction on Interstate 4 in Central Florida, officials said.
A two-vehicle crash is reported around 10:35 p.m. at the eastbound entrance to I-4 on John Young Boulevard.
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A 48-year-old woman from Arizona was driving a 2022 Toyota Corolla west on the eastern lanes of the Interstate at mile marker 83 near Colonial Drive, according to FHP.
FHP troops, Orlando police officers and Orange County sheriff’s deputies arrived in the area trying to stop the driver, officials said.
The woman then drove west on the eastbound ramp onto I-4 on John Young Boulevard, about 5 miles from Colonial Drive, where she was nearly hit head-on by an FHP soldier who was trying to stop the woman from entering a busy intersection, authorities said.
Before the serviceman crashed into the Toyota, the woman swerved to avoid hitting his vehicle, but the serviceman managed to quickly swerve into his car, which swerved onto a grassy roadside and crashed into a palm tree, FHP said.
The woman suffered minor injuries and was taken to the Orlando Regional Medical Center for evaluation.
According to the FHP accident report, the soldier, a resident of Orlando, was taken to the hospital with minor injuries.
Traffic camera video shows an open-hooded FHP cruiser parked on the side of the road with at least one ambulance nearby.
The crash is still under investigation.
Trying to confirm through official sources but from what I get # Soldier stopped the driver’s wrong path on the highway, ultimately saving lives.
The paratrooper will be fine! More information ahead! pic.twitter.com/1N7zHlVdUG
— Trooper Steve Montero (@TrooperSteve_) July 25, 2023
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