Wrong-way crash on I-90 at Bellevue

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by KING5.com and Associated Press

NWCN.com

Posted on February 3, 2010 at 8:02 AM

BELLEVUE, Wash. -  A driver that took the wrong ramp into oncoming traffic on Interstate 90 at Bellevue didn't get far.

According to the Washington State Patrol, the driver of an older model Toyota Corolla, heading westbound, entered the eastbound lanes of the freeway from 142nd at about 2 a.m. Wednesday. A short distance later, his car struck a truck that was picking up barrels at a road construction project.

"It was almost a head-on," said WSP Sergeant J.P. McAuliffe. "The construction truck was moving. They were in the process of picking up their construction barrels in the left, eastbound lanes of I-90. The wrong-way driver was headed right for her but, luckily, the construction driver was on her toes and she swerved right to avoid the head-on collision and the wrong-way driver hit the side of her construction truck."

Rescuers had to cut the top off the car to pull out the driver. He was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle for treatment of unknown injuries. His condition has not been released. The driver of the construction truck was not injured.

"We were very luckily because if the construction truck hadn't been here who knows how long he would have traveled in the wrong-way lane," said McAuliffe.

McAuliffe says the man said, "I think I had too much to drink."

 

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