It is generally not easy for a driver to get on to a freeway traveling in the wrong direction. Entrance ramps are clearly marked as one way and exit ramps usually have large red signs warning motorists not to enter.
This is called “limited access,” and there is very good reason for all of this precaution. Traveling the wrong direction on the freeway leads to an extremely high likelihood of a head-on collision with oncoming traffic. Freeway speeds are very high, and getting into a car wreck at these speeds often has a tragic outcome.
That was certainly the case for two people who were fatally injured in a recent wrong way crash on I-70 in Columbus.
Columbus police stated that the accident happened at around on a Sunday morning, close to 3:00 a.m., when a vehicle drove westbound onto I-70 east.
The vehicle entered the westbound lanes using the freeway exit ramp located at I-70 and West Broad Street. After entering the interstate going the wrong direction, the vehicle collided head-on with a semi, traveling east, killing both the driver and passenger. The truck driver was taken to a local hospital.
I-70 was closed for about seven hours after the accident. The Columbus Police Department has not released details of the accident investigation, and a spokesperson said that they were unsure whether the accident was caused by either drunk driving or impaired driving.
Even though there is currently no available evidence that this accident was caused by drunk driving, accidents such as these often are.
When drivers become highly intoxicated, they are unable to see and understand warning signs that are clear and obvious to the sober mind.
That is why getting behind the wheel of a vehicle after consuming alcohol is always a bad decision. Victims who have been injured due to a bad decision made by someone else, may be entitled to compensation, and should consider seeking the advice of an experienced personal injury attorney who can advise them.
Source: NBC4, “2 killed in wrong way crash on I-70,” Andres Antequera, Nov. 2, 2014