Fatal Wrong-Way Crash Closes Sam Rayburn Tollway

By Greg Janda
|  Wednesday, Jul 24, 2013  |  Updated 6:59 PM CDT
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State Trooper are investigating how a fatal wrong way crash on the Sam Rayburn Tollway Wednesday morning happened. The driver passed warning signs and ignored officers trying to stop her before she crashed into an oncoming car.

Ken Kalthoff, NBC 5 News

State Trooper are investigating how a fatal wrong way crash on the Sam Rayburn Tollway Wednesday morning happened. The driver passed warning signs and ignored officers trying to stop her before she crashed into an oncoming car.

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Fatal Wrong Way Crash Closes Sam Rayburn Tollway

Allen police say a wrong way driver on the Sam Rayburn Tollway caused a fatal crash that closed northbound lanes of the tollway and ended her life.

Fatal Wrong Way Crash Closes Sam Rayburn Tollway

Allen police say a wrong way driver on the Sam Rayburn Tollway caused a fatal crash that closed northbound lanes of the tollway and ended her life.
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Allen police say a wrong-way driver on the Sam Rayburn Tollway was killed in a crash that closed northbound lanes of the toll road early Wednesday morning.

According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, officers spotted a Honda Accord traveling southbound in the northbound lanes of the toll road at about 3:17 a.m.

Officers called for units ahead of the vehicle to intercept it. But the driver exited at entry ramps, drove in the wrong direction on the service roads and then re-entered the toll road on the exits.

Before officers could intercept the vehicle south of Legacy Drive in Plano, the Accord slammed head-on into a Ford F-150 pickup truck. The impact pinned the wrong-way driver inside her Accord.

The driver, a woman in her 20s, died at the scene. Police have not released her name because her family has not yet been identified.

The driver of the F-150, a woman in her 20s, was airlifted to Plano Medical Center in serious condition. She is expected to survive.

DPS troopers reopened the northbound lanes of the toll road at about 7 a.m. Wednesday.

NBC 5's Ken Kalthoff contributed to this report.

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