Updated:ORLANDO, FLA —
Orlando police responded to a report of a head-on collision between a semitrailer and a utility pickup at the Florida Turnpike and Interstate 4 just before midnight Friday.
The accident had the onramps from I-4 to the Florida Turnpike shut down for almost six hours overnight while authorities conducted their investigation. They have since reopened.
Officers said the preliminary investigation suggests that the pickup was going the wrong way when it ran into the trucktrailer.
Jess Pomeroy and his pregnant wife were in a car beside the semi right before the crash.
"She was kind of freaked out at first. She didn't know what to do. She basically asked me. 'There’s something going on. This guy is going the wrong way. What should I do? What should I do?'” Pomeroy said.
The Pomeroy family was able to avoid the collision, but some of the debris from the impact hit their car.
The driver of the pickup truck was taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center in extremely critical condition, according to officers. The semi driver was not injured.