ORLANDO, Florida. – A driver driving the wrong way crashed into a Florida State Patrolman on Interstate 4 in Orange County on Monday night, officials said.
The crash occurred shortly before 11:00 p.m. near the I-4 exit eastbound on South John Young Boulevard.
Officials, including the FHP, the Orlando Police Department, and the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, were sent to a vehicle moving west in eastbound lanes on I-4 near mile marker 83. According to officials, the driver of the Toyota Corolla was driving in the wrong direction.
At that moment, a state policeman entered the east ramp with lights and sirens on. The soldier attempted to stop the off-road driver from reaching a busy intersection on John Young Boulevard South, but the vehicle continued west before turning right into the entry lane.
The soldier then turned his patrol car to the left to try to block the 22-year-old man’s car, causing it to crash into the left side of the car. The car drove onto the north grassy shoulder of the entrance ramp and crashed into a palm tree.
The driver was taken to a local hospital for a medical examination. The soldier was also taken to the hospital with minor injuries.
The crash is still under investigation.