FHP soldier injured after crash to stop oncoming driver on I-4

ORLANDO, Florida (TodayNews). A Florida Highway Patrol soldier was injured Monday night after crashing his patrol car to stop a driver going the wrong way, the report said.

FHP said that at approximately 10:23 p.m., the dispatcher became aware of a vehicle that was heading in the wrong direction on the east lanes of I-4 in Orlando.

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Florida Highway Patrol, the Orlando Police Department, and the Orange County Sheriff’s Office attempted to stop a Toyota Corolla because it was seen heading the wrong way on the eastbound entrance to I-4, according to a traffic accident report.

Authorities said the serviceman entered the eastbound ramp to try to block a rogue driver at a busy intersection with the 423 Interstate, but the driver, a 48-year-old woman from Arizona, continued to try to drive the wrong way, swerving into the roadway.

In response, the serviceman turned left, allowing the Corolla to hit his patrol car. According to FHP, after the initial collision, the Corolla skidded to the side of the grass and crashed into a palm tree.

The FHP report states that both parties survived the incident with minor injuries. The crash is still under investigation.

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