Wrong-way driver causes fiery crash on I-75, Wesley Chapel man suspected of DUI

Courtesy: Florida Highway Patrol

Officials say a 21-year-old Wesley Chapel man hit a car head-on while driving in the wrong direction early Sunday morning.

The 21-year-old was driving a Lexus IS sedan south in the northbound lanes of I-75, south of SR-56 around 3:42 a.m., according to troopers.

The Florida Highway Patrol says the driver was near milepost 272 when he hit a Chevy Colorado being driven by a 37-year-old Wesley Chapel man head-on. The Chevy was traveling north in the inside lane, according to FHP.

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After the two vehicles collided, troopers say the Chevy rotated into the median and caught on fire while the Lexus traveled to the center lane.

Courtesy: Florida Highway Patrol

Courtesy: Florida Highway Patrol

The Lexus almost hit another car, a Hyundai Santa Fe, head-on before stopping, according to authorities.

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Troopers say the 21-year-old and 37-year-old had serious injuries. The 36-year-old Zephyrhills woman who was driving the Hyundai was not injured, according to officials.

Investigators say it's unknown when the 21-year-old began driving the wrong way but is suspected of driving under the influence.