Wrong-way crash on I-275 leaves 5 dead, including 4 members of USF fraternity Sigma Beta Rho

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Video: Wrong-way crash on I-275 leaves 5 dead

Dammie Yesudhas (top left), Jobin Kuriakose (top right), Imtiyaz "Jim" Ilias (bottom left), and Ankeet Patel were killed in a crash on I-275 on Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014.



Tampa, Florida -- Five people were killed in a wrong-way crash early Sunday morning in Tampa, four of whom were students at the University of South Florida.

It happened around 2 a.m. when a Ford Expedition was traveling southbound in the northbound lanes of Interstate 275. 

The Ford collided head-on with a Hyundai Sonata near the Busch Boulevard exit. The two vehicles burst into flames, killing the wrong-way driver and all four occupants in the Sonata.

The fraternity Sigma Beta Rho said on its Facebook page that the men inside the Sonata were all members of its Mu Chapter at USF.

The Florida Highway Patrol says 21-year-old Jobin Kuriakose was behind the wheel at the time of the crash.  22-year-old Ankeet Patel, 20-year-old Imtiyaz "Jim" Ilias and 21-year-old Dammie Yesudhas were all passengers.

A witness recorded cell phone video that shows the SUV driving the wrong way and the subsequent fiery crash.

Northbound lanes of I-275 in Tampa were shut down for much of the morning, but all lanes reopened by 7 a.m.

As of 4:30 Sunday afternoon, investigators have been unable to identify the wrong-way driver. It is not known if drugs or alcohol played a factor in the crash, nor is it clear how long the driver had been going the wrong way on the interstate.

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