TAMPA, Fla - 4 University of South Florida students have been identified in the early morning crash that killed 5 people. Jobin Joy Kuriakose, Ankeet Harshad Patel, Imtiyaz Ilias and Dammie Yesudhas all died this morning in the accident on I-275. The 4 students traveling northbound in a Hyundai Sonata on I-275 collided head-on with a Ford Expedition traveling the wrong way on the highway. The driver of the Expedition also died on the crash.
Due to extensive fire damage to the driver of the Expedition, the identity of the driver cannot be released at this time.
It is unknown at this time when the Expedition entered the highway going the wrong way and if drugs or alcohol played a factor in the crash.
Florida Highway Patrol troopers are currently on scene of a multiple fatality crash that happened just before 2:15 Sunday morning.
A Ford Expedition was headed the wrong way on I-275 and traveled into the path of a Hyundai Sonata. The two cars collidedhead on bursting into flames.
The fire affected the Expedition the most, burning the driver beyond recognition. The fire also burnt part of the Sonata.
All four men in the Sonata suffered fatal injuries. All five people involved in the crash died at the scene. FHP reports that all victims were around the ages of 20, 21.
All northbound lanes of I-275 are back open at this hour.
The scene is still under investigation. It is unknown if alcohol contributed to the crash, but troopers have pending toxicology tests.
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