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Area citizens lauded for aiding wrong-way driver stopped on I-5

Two citizens who blocked the path of a wrong-way driver who stopped on Interstate 5 on Thursday afternoon south of Woodland were credited for helping avert a tragedy, the California Highway Patrol reports.

The CHP provided these details in a news release:

About 1:57, callers to the CHP’s Sacramento Communications Center reported that a green sedan was southbound in the northbound lanes of I-5 just north of the Yolo Bypass. Woodland CHP personnel arrived at the scene and saw the vehicle stopped in the center divider and partially in the No. 1 lane. There were also two other vehicles stopped near the wrong-way sedan.

The driver, identified as a 74-year-old woman listed as a missing person out of Manteca, was somewhat disoriented, and fire and ambulance personnel were called to the scene to evaluate her. CHP officers determined that the sedan had not been involved in a collision and that it had been stopped with the assistance of the two citizens, Stephen L. Riddick of Fair Oaks and Jose G. Garcia of Woodland, who were traveling northbound and blocked her path.

They assisted in moving the woman’s vehicle to the center divider and removed the keys from her vehicle. CHP personnel determined that the woman was not under the influence of alcohol. She was taken to Sutter Davis Hospital for evaluation.

Where the woman entered I-5 the wrong way has not been determined, the CHP reported.