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2 drivers injured in fiery wrong-way crash on I-275 in St. Pete

A portion of the interstate was shut down for hours Sunday morning.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — A woman driving the wrong way on I-275 and another driver were rushed to the hospital following an early morning fiery crash in St. Petersburg, the Florida Highway Patrol says.

It happened around 3:15 a.m. between 38th Avenue N and 22nd Avenue N in the southbound lanes. 

FHP says a 33-year-old woman was driving northbound on I-275 in the southbound lanes for unknown reasons when she collided nearly head-on with another car driving southbound. 

Both cars spun out and her car came to rest in the 38th Avenue exit lane and the other car in the inside shoulder. 

Once the woman's car stopped in the exit lane, it caught fire, troopers say.

She was later rushed to the hospital as a trauma alert with critical injuries.

The other driver, a 62-year-old woman, was injured and transported to an area hospital as a result of the crash. She is expected to survive, FHP says.

That portion of I-275 was shut down for several hours, finally opening up at 7:13 a.m., FHP confirms.

Troopers say they don't know how long the woman had been driving in the wrong direction before the crash.

10 Tampa Bay's Ryan Bass captured video of the crash shortly after it happened, showing a car engulfed in flames. You can watch the video here

CORRECTION: Floriday Highway Patrol originally reported that the 62-year-old woman was not injured, however, in an update, it's now known that she was transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

 

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