110 W. New York Ave.
DeLand, FL 32720
Westbound I-4, closed after fatal crash, opens Monday afternoon — DeLand victim identified
By Pat Andrews
posted Apr 28, 2014 - 9:30:50am
UPDATED 10:30 A.M. TUESDAY, APRIL 29 — The woman killed in the April 28 I-4 crash has been identified as 32-year-old Logan Cool of DeLand.
The accident closed westbound lanes and left traffic tangled for hours. The roadway was finally cleared and traffic began to move around noontime.
UPDATED 10:50 A.M. MONDAY, APRIL 28 — The woman killed in this morning's I-4 crash was a 32-year-old DeLand woman who was driving a 2004 Honda, the Florida Highway Patrol reported. Her name has not been released, pending notification of next of kin.
Westbound lanes remained closed after the accident.
"We hope to have them all open by 11:15-11:30," FHP spokeswoman Sgt. Kim Montes said.
The woman killed in the accident was driving westbound on I-4 around 6:50 a.m. this morning at mile marker 105, near the St. Johns River Bridge, when the right front tire separated on an empty dump truck driven by 51-year-old Franklin Ramirez of Kissimmee, in the eastbound lanes. The dump truck steered to the left, the FHP report states, then traveled through the center guardrail and sideswiped a Chevy pickup, whose driver was not injured. The driver of a third vehicle took evasive action to avoid the dump truck, but struck the guardrail. That driver and three passengers received minor injuries.
The front of the dump truck then struck the left side of the Honda driven by the DeLand woman, who was killed.
"This crash remains under investigation," the FHP report states.
PREVIOUSLY REPORTED — Drivers headed toward Lake Mary or the Orlando area this morning, Monday, April 28, should avoid Interstate 4, and take an alternate route, such as U.S. Highway 17-92. An early morning crash that killed a woman has also closed westbound lanes of I-4. Westbound lanes are expected to remain closed until after 10 a.m. Eastbound lanes are expected to be open.
Sgt. Kim Montes of the Florida Highway Patrol said that one of the tires on a dump truck traveling eastbound separated and the dump truck traveled through the guardrail near the St. Johns River bridge and struck three westbound cars.
An adult woman died at the scene, and four other people were transported to hospitals.
More information will be available later.
Westbound traffic is being diverted off I-4 at exit 108.
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