Wrong-way head-on crash on I-75 in Collier County closes interstate for hours; one killed
A 24-year-old Hialeah man was killed in a wrong-way, head-on crash Sunday morning on I-75 in Collier County that closed the southbound lanes of the freeway for several hours.
The Florida Highway Patrol reported the crash happened shortly before 3 a.m. on a stretch of I-75 between Pine Ridge Road and Golden Gate Parkway.
Florida Department of Transportation highway cameras footage showed two pickup trucks and a sedan strewn along a section of I-75.
An FHP report said a pickup driven by a 23-year-old Naples man was driving north in the center of the three southbound lanes of I-75.
A second pickup, driven by a 26-year-old Miami man, was southbound on 75 in the center travel lane.
A third vehicle, a sedan, was also southbound in the right travel lane of 75.
The first pickup, driving against traffic on 75, crashed head-on into the second pickup. The force of the crash pushed the second pickup into the path of the sedan, causing a second crash, the FHP report said.
The passenger in the second pickup died at the scene. The FHP report said he was not wearing a seatbelt.
The drivers of both pickups suffered minor injuries. No injuries were reported from the sedan.
The FHP Traffic Homicide Unit is investigating the crash with charges pending the completion of the investigation.
The crash also shutdown the onramp at exit 107 at Pine Ridge. The freeway reopened Sunday.