A head-on collision on Interstate 5 near Woodland resulted in major injuries and closed all northbound lanes in the area Friday morning for more than an hour, according to Caltrans and California Highway Patrol.
Caltrans tweeted at 5:36 a.m. that CHP was diverting traffic from northbound I-5 to County Road 17 about 3.7 miles north of Woodland due to a head-on crash resulting from a wrong-way driver.
A CHP collision report says that two 18-year-old women, one from Woodland and one from Davis, traveling southbound in a 2011 Nissan Cube suffered major injuries after the Nissan collided with a 2010 Toyota Prius in the northbound, far-left lane.
The Prius driver, a 41-year-old Rancho Cordova woman, also suffered major injuries.
The report indicates that the Nissan driver was arrested. All three women suffered “major injuries to lower extremities” and the Nissan passenger suffered major head injuries as well, the report said. All three were transported to the hospital.
CHP Woodland spokesman Rodney Fitzhugh said DUI is suspected to be a factor for the wrong-way vehicle, and the collision is under investigation.
“It was a low-speed wrong-way driver traveling southbound I-5, around the Yolo exit is where they collided,” Fitzhugh said. “It sounds like all parties are major injuries right now.”
According to CHP’s live traffic incident page, all northbound lanes were reopened at 6:30 a.m.
The CHP log says the lanes were shut down for about 90 minutes to allow for a helicopter to airlift injured parties to an area hospital.
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