Drivers identified in fiery wrong-way crash in Sarasota

- Troopers have identified the two drivers killed in a fiery wrong-way crash on Interstate 75 on Saturday morning. 

Around 3:30 a.m., 38-year-old Jermaine Ginyard of Sarasota was traveling southbound in the northbound lanes of I-75 approaching the Fruitville Road exit, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. Ginyard was driving in the right center lane.

The second driver, identified as 46-year-old Joseph Wolanin of Garfield Heights, Ohio, was traveling north, also in the right center lane, when he collided with Ginyard’s vehicle. Troopers said both vehicles caught fire. 

Two responding deputies had to be treated for smoke inhalation. The crash caused northbound lanes of I-75 to be shut down for a few hours. 

It’s unknown if alcohol was a factor, troopers say.
 

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