Fatal Crash On I-20 Blamed On Wrong-Way Driver
The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) estimates that the majority of wrong-way crashes happen between the hours of midnight and 6:00 a.m. Most often these accidents occur if a driver becomes confused or disoriented. The NTSB reports that most often, such accidents are usually the result of some sort of driver impairment, such as alcohol and drug use, or an elderly or vision-challenged driver.
In a story appearing on the CBS local affiliate in Dallas-Fort Worth, two people were killed when a driver drove his vehicle westbound in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 20.
Authorities report that the wrong way driver was a 35-year-old Hispanic man driving a white Chevrolet pickup truck. He crashed head-on into a Lexus sedan being driven by a 31-year-old African-American woman. A spokesperson for the Dallas Police Department said that both were pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. Their names have not been released pending notification of family members.
Investigators have still not determined how far the pickup truck may have been traveling westbound in the eastbound lanes before the fatal crash or where he may have entered the freeway.