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Sunday
Feb092014

Five Killed in Tampa Car Crash

iStock/Thinkstock(TAMPA, Fla.) -- Five are dead after a head-on car crash in Tampa on Sunday.

The driver of an SUV heading south in northbound lanes on I-275 died when his vehicle burst into flames after it hit another car.

Four victims in the second car also died on impact. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the four men were fraternity members of Sigma Beta Rho at the University of South Florida.

The Highway Patrol has not yet been able to identify the wrong-way driver "due to extensive fire damage."

Highway Patrol Sergeant Steve Gaskins says his officers were rocked by the gruesome scene.

"Five in one crash like this, you know very severe, and it plays havoc the psyche of the responders who have to take care of the scene," Gaskins said. "Typically the fatal crashes that we investigate involve one, maybe two fatalities so whenever you have multiple fatalities, it of course is very sad."

Toxicology tests are pending.

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