FHP: 117 crashes as rainy weather hits central Florida

ORLANDO, Fla. - The Florida Highway Patrol has reported 117 crashes in Central Florida throughout Wednesday as rainy, cold weather swept through the area.

It's unclear how many of those crashes were directly weather-related, but drivers along Interstate 4 during rush hour dealt with a double dose of delays after crashes backed up traffic for hours.

Ambulances and tow trucks raced onto I-4 after a wreck shut down westbound traffic downtown near the Ivanhoe exit around 6:30 p.m. The backup stretched for miles and brought drivers to a standstill.

A second crash in the same westbound lanes kept Road Rangers busy and drivers delayed yet again. Some drivers said the rain and careless drivers made the commute home dicey.

"I was coming from Lake Mary, and it took me about 45 minutes to get to this spot," said Shirma Ramroop, as she got off the interstate at the nearest exit. "They said on the signs that there's three lanes blocked ahead to the left."

"My navigation system is telling me there's a wreck, and to pretty much get off the highway as soon as possible," said Emmanuel Buisson. "This was my first chance, 45 minutes later."

It's unclear what caused these wrecks, but drivers were making a guess.

"I'm pretty sure it's people driving bad in the rain," said Ramroop.

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