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Wrong-Way Car Wrecks in Florida and California Leave 11 Dead

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Eleven people were killed Sunday in two separate car crashes caused by drivers going the wrong way on highways, authorities in Florida and California said.

An SUV traveling south on northbound Interstate 275 near Tampa collided with another car and burst into flames around 2 am Sunday, killing all four passengers in the car and the SUV driver, Reuters reports. The four passengers in the other car were members of the Sigma Beta Rho fraternity at the University of South Florida, but the SUV driver has not been identified.

In California, a driver going eastbound in the westbound lane of the 60 Freeway in Diamond Bar, Calif. hit two other cars, killing two of her passengers and four people in the other vehicles. She suffered major injuries and police arrested her for for suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol causing great bodily injury, and for manslaughter. She was allegedly going 100 mph in the wrong direction.


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