St. Pete woman suffers critical injuries in fiery wrong-way crash on I-275

Courtesy: Florida Highway Patrol

A 33-year-old woman from St. Petersburg was critically injured in a wrong-way vehicle crash early Sunday morning, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. 

Troopers say the woman was traveling northbound in the southbound lanes of I-275, north of 38th Avenue North, when she collided nearly head-on with a van that was traveling southbound in the southbound lanes. 

After impact, both vehicles spun around before coming to a final rest. After the vehicle driven by the 33-year-old woman stopped, it caught fire. 

Courtesy: Florida Highway Patrol

The 33-year-old woman suffered critical injuries in the crash, while the driver of the van was taken to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. 

The crash closed the southbound lanes of I-275 for about four hours.

Troopers say they don’t know why the 33-year-old woman was driving in the wrong direction or where she began traveling northbound in the southbound lanes. 

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