Driver Ejected in Fiery Wrong-Way Crash

By Greg Janda
|  Wednesday, Jan 1, 2014  |  Updated 10:03 AM CDT
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A driver is in critical condition after being ejected following a wrong-way crash in Mesquite that caused his vehicle to be engulfed in flames.

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A driver is in critical condition after being ejected following a wrong-way crash in Mesquite that caused his vehicle to be engulfed in flames.

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A driver is in critical condition after being ejected following a wrong-way crash in Mesquite that caused his vehicle to be engulfed in flames.

Mesquite police said they responded to a crash at Interstate 30 and Northwest Drive around 2 a.m. Wednesday morning.

Police said a man was driving westbound in the eastbound lanes of I-30 and drove into the High Occupancy Vehicle area. The vehicle crashed into a large metal building at Northwest Drive where authorities park a truck used in maintaining the HOV lanes.

That building was empty at the time of the crash.

The driver was ejected from the vehicle and landed 30- to 40- feet outside of the building. The man was seriously injured and transported by CareFlite to Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas in critical condition.

Following the crash, the vehicle burst into flames and was destroyed. The building also suffered major structural damage from the crash and fire.

Police said they are investigating why the driver was traveling the wrong-way on the freeway and if alcohol was a factor in the crash.

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