Florida Man Flies Plane Into Oncoming Traffic On I-75 Just South of Tampa

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A small airplane with five people on board collided with oncoming traffic on I-75 just south of Tampa this past weekend, creating a fiery debris field that closed the highway.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol reported the accident, which led to the confirmation of two fatalities by the Collier County Sheriff’s Office.

The victims were identified as the aircraft’s pilot, 50-year-old Edward Daniel Murphy from Oakland Park, and co-pilot, 65-year-old Ian Frederick Hofmann from Pompano Beach.

Miraculously, all individuals in the vehicles involved in the crash survived. The collision affected two vehicles: a 2015 Chevrolet Silverado and a 2023 Nissan Armada SUV.

The Silverado’s driver, a 48-year-old man from Naples, sustained minor injuries and received medical treatment at a local hospital. Meanwhile, the Nissan’s 66-year-old female driver and her two passengers, aged 85 and 31, all hailing from Massachusetts, were unharmed.

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