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911 calls released in deadly wrong-way I-275 crash

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Daniel Morris. Photo courtesy Facebook Daniel Morris. Photo courtesy Facebook
HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, FL (WFLA) - Florida Highway Patrol troopers have released 911 calls made on the night of a deadly wrong-way crash on Interstate 275.

"There's a car, a truck, a white SUV, heading the opposite direction on the highway," one female caller told a dispatcher early on the morning of Sunday, February 9th.

"Yes, we're aware, we're trying to get somebody down there," the Tampa Police Department dispatcher replies.

Later, TPD is speaking to an FHP dispatcher.

"He's around the 48 mile-marker still southbound in the northbound lanes and he stopped for some reason now. He's on the right side. Sorry - the left side. He's taking off again," said the male FHP dispatcher to the female TPD dispatcher.

"On the inside median?" replied the Tampa Police dispatcher.

"No... he's still in the middle of the road," replied the highway patrol dispatcher.  "Now he just took off again."

The crash happened just after 2 a.m. Sunday morning on I-275 near the Busch Blvd Exit. Sigma Beta Rho Fraternity brothers Jobin Kuriakose, Ankeet Patel, Dammie Yesudhas, and Imtiyaz "Jim" Ilias were killed when an SUV driven by Daniel Lee Morris, 28, of Tampa, hit their car head on. Morris also died at the scene.

"Okay, go check over near Busch, it looks like he might've crashed out there," the Tampa Police dispatcher later says. "There's a vehicle fire."

"Yeah, I see the smoke," the male FHP dispatcher says, and sighs.  "Man!"

Troopers say Morris was driving southbound in the northbound lanes of I-275. An investigation continues into whether where Morris entered the interstate and whether drugs or alcohol played a role in the crash.

FHP investigators say Morris was residing with a friend, Scott Enfinger, 27, of Tampa at the time of the crash.  On Wednesday night, Scott Enfinger and his family issued a statement through an attorney.  It read, in part:  "Mr. Scott Enfinger expresses his deepest sympathies and condolences to the families and friends of the victims in this tragedy."

Read the entire statement here.

Stay with wfla.com for the latest on this developing story.
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