2 Killed in Wrong-Way Fiery Crash on State Road 408
UPDATE: 12:40 p.m.:
Troopers have identified one of the drivers killed on State Road 408 on Thursday.
The driver of the Toyota Corolla who perished is 66-year-old Charles Penrose, of Oakland, Florida.
Troopers are attempting to make contact with the registered owner of the Black Hyundai Elantra that was headed in the wrong direction and have not released the name of that driver who was also killed in the crash.
Two people were killed in a fiery crash early Thursday on State Road 408, following a head-on collision by a driver going in the wrong direction.
Troopers say, the driver of a Black Hyundai Elantra was driving westbound in the eastbound lanes around 3:40 a.m., and collided head-on with the driver of a 2009 Toyota Corolla, going east on State Road 408, west of Hiawassee Road.
Troopers also say, the driver of the Toyota Corolla had swerved to avoid colliding with the Hyundai Elantra, crossing into the direct path of a third vehicle, where it was struck from behind.
After the head-on crash, the Hyundai Elantra burst into flames and the driver was pronounced dead on the spot.
The driver of the Toyota Corolla was also pronounced dead on the scene by the medical examiner.
47-year-old Robert L. Gendron, who was driving the third vehicle, a 2001 Jeep SUV, sustained minor injuries as was transported to the Orlando Regional Medical Center.
Troopers have not released the names of the two drivers killed, pending notification of next of kin.
Authorities are looking for anyone who might have seen the Black Hyundai driving westbound in the eastbound lanes prior to the crash.
Troopers said, the crash remains under investigation.