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Wrong-way crash shuts down Interstate 75. Motorcyclist killed, says FHP

Troopers investigate fatal wrong-way crash on Interstate 75

A fatal wrong-way crash shut down all northbound lanes of Interstate 75 in Pasco County and caused traffic to back up for miles on June 19, 2019.
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A fatal wrong-way crash shut down all northbound lanes of Interstate 75 in Pasco County and caused traffic to back up for miles on June 19, 2019.

All northbound lanes of Interstate 75 in Pasco County were closed and traffic was backed up for miles after a fatal wrong-way accident Wednesday afternoon, according to Florida Highway Patrol.

The accident happened around 3:34 p.m.

A driver in a 1994 Lincoln Town Car made a u-turn from an I-275 entrance ramp and began traveling south on northbound I-75.

A vehicle traveling northbound swerved to avoid hitting the Lincoln and collided with a pickup truck also traveling northbound, troopers say.

The driver of the Lincoln also swerved while continuing southbound, traveling onto the paved shoulder on the west side of the highway.

A rider on a 2012 Harley Davidson motorcycle also swerved onto the shoulder, and the car and the motorcycle collided head-on.

The motorcycle rider, 45-year-old Jamie Vasean Johnson from Clearwater, suffered fatal injuries at the scene of the crash. The driver of the Lincoln, an 84-year-old man from Tampa, was transported to a nearby hospital with serious injuries.

The identity of the motorcycle rider is being withheld until his next of kin are notified.

As of 6:50 p.m., only the left lane of I-75 North remained closed.

Interstate traffic was backed up beyond Fletcher Avenue in Tampa as a result of the accident, according to Florida 511.

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