Crash shuts down westbound Interstate 4 near Deltona

Full story: Orlando Sentinel

The westbound lanes of Interstate 4 are closed near the Deltona exit in Volusia County because of a crash with injuries, the Florida Highway Patrol reports.
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Kahn

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Apr 9, 2009
 
Way to go granny, hope the trooper is going to be o.k.
ELIOT KOJAK

Kissimmee, FL

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Apr 9, 2009
 
Guess the FHP's going to have to stop writing tickets now between four and six PM on I-4.

Either that or we'll have to restrict old people from driving except from two to four AM.

Glad I could help. Who loves ya, baby ?
Bill

Ocala, FL

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#3
Apr 9, 2009
 
Pay attention dammit! If you see an Officer on the side of the road move out the lane closest to the Officer. Isn't that a law now? WTF? The guy was just trying to do his job!
How Sad

Orlando, FL

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Apr 9, 2009
 
Tragic, but then the life sentence the 78 yo driver will receive is just as tragic.
Mr Smith

Ocala, FL

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#5
Apr 9, 2009
 
Drivers need to get their heads out of their butts. This trooper was just doing his job.....stopping a traffic violator to make it safer for the rest of the communters on I4.
mob3000

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Apr 9, 2009
 
What a complete moran this lady is. I can not FATHOM hitting a parked car going down I4!!! I hope she never touches car keys again because I am CERTAIN she would still drive if given the choice. These damned pheisty old people who think they drive just fine but they can't even navigate the aisles of Publix without bumping into someone.

Sorry, that's my rant. Flame on.
d lucille

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#7
Apr 9, 2009
 
I pray for the trooper, hope he makes it. That old lady had to be one crappy driver, it's not like we have hills in Florida, she should have seen the trooper and car way before she even got close. I see people speeding past cars stopped on the side all the time on I-4. Can't fix stupid.
Hot_babe

Apopka, FL

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Apr 9, 2009
 
The traffic was awful as a result. We just got back through there but they had the interstate shut down. Feel for the officer. Now we know why they passed the "move over" law.
abba

Altamonte Springs, FL

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Apr 9, 2009
 
mob3000 wrote:
What a complete moran this lady is. I can not FATHOM hitting a parked car going down I4!!! I hope she never touches car keys again because I am CERTAIN she would still drive if given the choice. These damned pheisty old people who think they drive just fine but they can't even navigate the aisles of Publix without bumping into someone.
Sorry, that's my rant. Flame on.
I guess you must be very young person...
Mike

Orlando, FL

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Apr 9, 2009
 
Or just plain stupid.
abba wrote:
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I guess you must be very young person...
huh

Sanford, FL

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#11
Apr 9, 2009
 
The idiotic moveover law and the ranting and fearmongering law enforcement has spread has almost cost a trooper his life. The old bat was moving over as the law says and she would of been safer staying in her lane. Cops have ticketed people for not moving over. I dont move over nor slowdown. That just causes more problems when the traffic backs up because of the 20 mph slowdown.
OLD PEOPLE DRIVING

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Apr 9, 2009
 
What is all this about the"move over" law. You should be able to apply common sense when you're driving. That 78-year old lady was clearly in the wrong; if you see a cop on the side of the road, you are not supposed to just automatically merge into the next lane.
Florida has a serious problem with its driving, and I must say I have noticed the stereotypes of "Old Floridians drivers" to be 100% correct. That 78 year old badalax should not have a license.
There needs to be a mandatory re-testing of old folks and their ability to drive.
John Galt

Orlando, FL

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Apr 9, 2009
 
This is the mini police state of Florida. The old lady will be charged with attempted murder and the woman the officer pulled over, accessory to attempted murder. All will get life in prison.
over it already

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#14
Apr 9, 2009
 
what about the idiots that had the "domestic disturbance" had that call not been placed the jeep never would have been pulled over! Please,grow up !!!! Take your immaturity to your own house not the street were you can hurt others!!!! All this because 2 assholes can't act their age....Hope your happy now!!! They have probably kissed and made up already.....SICK
Pull over properly

Sebring, FL

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Apr 9, 2009
 
First of all, it is next to impossible to obey the move over law in rush hour traffic, which is why we have the option to slow down to 20 mph under the speed limit. But honestly did nobody ever learn you do NOT pull over on the left? And why do these police officers allow it? Not that the trooper is to blame at all by any stretch of the imagination and I sincerely hope he will be okay. However, if they put the lights on to pull someone over and they make the motion to pull over to the left, they should use their loudspeaker and direct them to the right.

Traffic is faster in the left lane. There is less room in that median in many places. It is far safer for law enforcement officers if drivers pull over to the right where they can walk up to the passenger side window and have room to maneuever out of the way if some idiot loses control of their car. I live in the area and know that stretch of I-4 and that poor guy had nowhere to go.

To all you drivers out there, if you get pulled over, please pull over to the right! I know nobody likes getting pulled over but if you had an ounce of compassion in your body, you would want to make sure you were in no way to blame for the injury of a law enforcement officer.
NikNak

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Apr 9, 2009
 
My thoughts are with the trooper.
facts

Palm Coast, FL

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Apr 9, 2009
 
That poor trooper works for the lowest paid highway patrol in the country. After 7 years, he makes less than an Orlando officer starts at. Poor trooper, pun intended.
lator gator

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#19
Apr 9, 2009
 
If I'm on a 2 lane highway and in the right lane, and if I see a cop on the shoulder I try my best to get in the left lane, if not able I slow down a little and keep very alert. These are for safety reasons for both myself and the people on the side of the road. You don't know if someone is going to accidently step out in your lane, or if the officer has to take off real quick.
This lady was trying to stay out of the officer's way, but panicked when she couldn't and then overcorrected. It was an accident.
State Employee

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Apr 9, 2009
 
Re:facts

You are correct about the Trooper being the lowest paid in the country. Now that he got run over by the lady,he can look forward to a pay cut compliments of the Legislature. "Thanks for getting plowed but we're going to take 4% of your pay even though we haven't authorized a raise in over 3 years".
Sanford

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Apr 9, 2009
 
Accept defeat wrote:
To hell with the trooper and the old woman; they're equally at fault. And as a result of their stupidity, my commute was delayed by almost ten minutes.
I wish that YOU had been run over instead. Maybe next time.

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