Five people were killed Sunday on Interstate 275 in Tampa in a collision between two vehicles, one of which was going the wrong way at highway speeds. The graphic accident was all captured by another driver’s cellphone camera and the incredible footage is now circulating on the Internet.
“What is he doing?” the driver in another car on the appropriate side of the interstate asked just before the head-on collision shortly after 2 a.m. Sunday.
A few moments later, the SUV crashed in a fiery explosion with another car, causing the female recording the incident to scream and begin to cry in shock.
“Oh my God! Oh my God!” she yelled before the footage cut off.
Here’s the shocking video:
According to Florida Highway Patrol, four passengers in the 2010 Hyundai Sonata driving the proper direction on the interstate and the driver of the 2001 Ford Expedition headed the wrong way were killed in the crash, the Orlando Sentinel reported. The highway was closed for several hours afterward.
The four in the sedan were identified as University of South Florida fraternity brothers. Jobin Joy Kuriakose, 21, Ankeet Harshad Patel, 22, Imtiyaz “Jim” Ilias, 20, and Dammie Yesudhas, 21, were all members of Sigma Beta Rho. According to the Sentinel, three of the men were current students while the fourth was a former student.
“They were so sweet, gentle and kind to everybody. We could never think something bad would happen to these guys,” Mohammed Reza, a friend of the men, told The Tampa Tribune.
“We’re devastated by the loss of our brothers,” Raj Patel, the fraternity’s chapter president, told the newspaper. “Our condolences go out to their families as well as the driver [of the truck]. We lost four talented young men and now we’re just asking everyone to respect the privacy of their families and their friends.”
University president Judy Genshaft said in a statement the counseling center will be available to help students’ struggling with the loss.
“Mere words cannot convey the depth of shock and sadness this terrible event brings to all who knew and cherished these wonderful young men,” Genshaft said. “Our hearts are heavy at the loss of such bright, energetic and optimistic young people who had promising futures ahead of them; to have their lives cut tragically short betrays our sense of fairness and security.”
Sigma Beta Rho is planning an on-campus memorial service later in the week.
Florida Highway Patrol officials said they were struggling to identify the male SUV driver late Sunday because of extensive injuries from the fire.
Authorities are investigating the crash and it has not yet been determined if alcohol or drugs were a factor.
A second wrong-way crash on the other side of the country in California killed six people Sunday as well.
Olivia Culbreath, 21, of Fontana, was arrested Sunday on suspicion of driving under the influence and manslaughter after being pulled from a badly mangled Chevy Camaro on State Route 60, California Highway Patrol Officer Rodrigo Jimenez said.
Watch KTLA-TV’s report about this second accident:
Jimenez said the crash scene in this suburb east of Los Angeles was horrific. Three people were ejected from their cars and the Camaro was barely recognizable.
Four people were pronounced dead at the scene, and two people died after being taken to the hospital, Jimenez said.
Witnesses told dispatchers the Camaro was speeding up to 100 mph, Jimenez said.
The Associated press contributed to this report.