2 killed, 7 hospitalized in I-10 crash in Baker County

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MACCLENNY, Fla. (AP) - Authorities say two people were killed and seven were hospitalized by a wrong-way collision on Interstate 10 in northeast Florida.

The Florida Highway Patrol reports that 47-year-old Emile McPherson Whitney was driving west in the eastbound lane near Macclenny early Friday morning when his SUV crashed into a minivan.

The Florida Times-Union reports that two passengers in the minivan - 37-year-old Kaw Lay and 47-year-old Ta Nu - were killed in the collision. Whitney and six other passengers from the minivan were taken to a Jacksonville hospital. The van's driver - 20-year-old Nge Thay - suffered minor injuries. FHP says the people in the van were returning home to Jacksonville from work at a Lake City restaurant.

It wasn't immediately clear why Whitney was driving the wrong direction. No charges have been reported.

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