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

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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