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Wrong-Way Driver Causes Accident On Thanksgiving

Wrong-way crashes are usually caused by a driver who is confused or by one who is under the influence of alcohol or drugs.  Police have not yet said for sure which may have been the case and caused a four-vehicle crash involving a wrong-way driver on Thanksgiving Day that has left three people injured.

According to a story appearing on the NBC in Dallas – Fort Worth’s website, the accident happened Thursday morning in the North Richland Hills area at approximately 5:15 a.m.

Police spokesperson, Carissa Katacaru said in a statement to the media that Noemi Martinez, 29, had entered the eastbound lanes traveling westbound on Interstate 820 at the Boulevard 26 exit ramp.  Martinez continued heading westbound until her Chevrolet Tahoe struck two SUVs and a sedan between the Holiday Lane and the Grapevine Highway exit ramps.

The four-vehicle crash sent two people to an area hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. The 17-year-old driver of the sedan was also rushed to an area hospital and is listed with critical injuries. A dog that was riding in the car with the teen died at the crash scene.

Police arrested Martinez at the scene, and she was booked into custody. Officials say that she remained in jail overnight and was being held on Friday. Charges have not yet been filed in the case, and a bond is believed to be pending.

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