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Two people killed in I-80 crash involving wrong-way driver

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The California Department of Transportation is using Sacramento and San Diego to test a variety of tools aimed at getting the attention of drivers if they enter a freeway going the wrong direction.
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The California Department of Transportation is using Sacramento and San Diego to test a variety of tools aimed at getting the attention of drivers if they enter a freeway going the wrong direction.

Two people were killed in a head-on collision Tuesday night involving a wrong-way driver on Interstate 80 in Sacramento.

A woman driving a dark Ford Mustang was seen shortly before 10 p.m. driving westbound on eastbound Interstate 80 at Watt Avenue, according to Officer Chad Hertzell, a CHP spokesman. She then sideswiped a Chevrolet Impala near Raley Boulevard before continuing on.

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Near Northgate Boulevard, she was driving in the fast lane when she slammed head-on into a Dodge Challenger, killing herself and the male driver of the Dodge on impact, Hertzell said in a statement.

CHP officers responded based on the initial report of the wrong-way driver, but they were not able to stop her before the collision.

The incident shut down eastbound Interstate 80 for more than two hours as CHP conducted an investigation and the victims had to be extracted. The Sacramento County Coroner’s Office is conducting toxicology tests.

The drivers have not yet been identified by the Coroner’s Office.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy

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