A wrong-way crash led to the death of two people in Mesquite, TX. The crash happened on Sunday, March 13, around 5:45 a.m. on Interstate 635.
The Wrong-Way Crash
On Sunday, March 13, a 2016 Dodge Charger was traveling southbound in the northbound lanes of Interstate 635. At the same time, a 2012 Toyota Highlander was traveling northbound in the northbound lanes of I-635, leading to a head-on collision with the wrong-way Dodge.
The Mesquite Police Department and the Mesquite Fire Department responded to the crash just after 5:45 a.m. in the 15300 block of Interstate 635 near La Prada Drive.
According to police, both drivers were pronounced dead at the scene. There were no other passengers in either of the vehicles.
The Mesquite Police Department stated that a Dallas officer attempted to stop the wrong-way driver, but was unable to before the crash occurred. Authorities are not sure how long the Dallas officer had been in pursuit of the wrong-way driver. The Mesquite Police Department’s Traffic Unit is continuing to investigate the crash.
How to Avoid Wrong-Way Drivers
In addition, the number of wrong-way crash fatalities in each state is increasing each year. Because wrong-way crashes are trending upwards, it’s important for drivers to know how to handle a wrong-way driver situation:
- Once you spot the wrong-way driver, move out of the way as safely and quickly as you can. Call 911 and report the driver once you’re safely stopped.
- Always stay alert behind the wheel. Look down the road for possible roadway hazards and drivers.
- When driving at night, stay in the far right lane. Wrong-way drivers often drive in what they believe to be their right lane but is actually your left lane.
- Once it’s dark outside, turn on your headlights to increase your visibility and alert any possible wrong-way drivers.
- Anytime you get behind the wheel, put away all distractions that could take your focus off the road.
- If you choose to drink, do not get behind the wheel. Alcohol can greatly inhibit your ability to make safe and smart driving decisions.
Unfortunately, wrong-way crashes continue to happen, often due to old age, inexperience, and driving under the influence. In order for these crashes to stop, drivers need to take responsibility for themselves before they get behind the wheel.
Drivers who are unable to safely handle a vehicle should make other ride arrangements or simply stay off the road. If you encounter a wrong-way driver, your first priority should be to get yourself to safety and then contact the police to report the driver. Doing so can ensure you stay safe and prevent the wrong-way driver from hurting others.