Fiery DUI Crash in Natomas
Two vehicles collided head-on as the result of a wrong-way driver on Tuesday morning, November 30th.
According to CHP, the crash took place at 1:30 a.m. on Interstate 5 at the Interstate 80 Interchange.
A BMW was reportedly driving north in the southbound lane when it hit a big rig head-on.
Due to the impact, the BMW veered into the right shoulder and the big rig into the center median area.
The driver of the BMW sustained major injuries and was treated at a nearby hospital before being arrested on suspicion of DUI.
In addition, the driver of the big rig was left unharmed, however the passenger sustained minor injuries.
The crash remains under investigation.
Although crashes involving wrong-way driving account for only 3% of motor vehicle accidents, they usually have a higher fatality rate as they are often head-on collisions. A study in Virginia concluded that those accidents which include wrong-way driving are twenty-seven times more likely to end in a fatality compared to other types of accidents.
In addition, according to NHTSA, more than a quarter (25%) of accident-related deaths are linked to the use of alcohol. With that being said, according to the CDC, there are 30 people that are killed everyday in a car accident as a result of an alcohol-impaired driver. That is equivalent to one death every 50 minutes.