DADE CITY -- A 25-year-old woman was killed early Monday after driving the wrong way on Interstate 75 in Pasco County and hitting a semi-truck, authorities said.
According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the woman was driving northbound in the southbound lanes at 4:35 a.m. when her 2012 Nissan sedan hit a southbound tractor-trailer hauling food and beverage products near St. Joe Road, which is about four miles north of State Road 52 in San Antonio.
Officials said the vehicle slammed into the semi and then a concrete barrier. The semi rolled over in the crash.
Troopers said the driver of the semi, Slawomir Plonski, 42, of Port St. Lucie, tried to avoid a collision by moving to the outside lane. He was unsuccessful, and the Nissan collided with the left side of the semi. Plonski was not injured.
The semi came to a stop on the highway while the Nissan traveled to the median and onto the concrete barrier wall.
The woman, who has not been identified, was airlifted to Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point, where she later died.
The southbound lanes of I-75 were closed at mile marker 290, and traffic was diverted onto Blanton Road. One of the southbound I-75 lanes was reopened just before 7:30 a.m.
The crash marks the fifth serious wrong-way crash in a Bay area interstate highway this year, with 11 people being killed.