Search on for Wrong-Way Hit-and-Run Driver

Monday, Dec 3, 2012  |  Updated 11:50 AM CDT
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Police are searching for a wrong-way hit-and-run driver who put six people in the hospital early Monday morning.

Keaton Fox, NBC 5 News

Police are searching for a wrong-way hit-and-run driver who put six people in the hospital early Monday morning.

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Wrong-Way Driver on the Run After Crash on I-635

Police are searching for a wrong-way driver after the driver crashed early Monday morning on the westbound lanes of Interstate 635. The crash sent five people to the hospital and caused the highway to shut down for a few hours.
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Police are searching for a wrong-way hit-and-run driver who put six people in the hospital early Monday morning.

Dallas police officers were called to the scene of a crash near Welch Road and Interstate 635 at about 4:15 a.m.  When the arrived, they found citizens and construction workers battling fire while tending to the injured motorists.

As the investigation unfolded, police learned that the driver of a pickup truck, described only as a Hispanic male, was covered in blood as he ran from the scene.  Officers used K-9 officers to search for the man, but he managed to elude police.

According to officials, the man that ran away was driving eastbound in the westbound lanes in a Ford pickup when he collided with a Ford Explorer and Ford Expedition at about 4:15 a.m. Monday.

The SUVs were carrying members from the same family who were driving from Alabama to El Paso.  The Expedition was carrying a man and woman and a 4-month-old child while the Explorer was carrying a man and woman and two children.

All of the children involved in the crash were in car seats and are expected to be OK. They were all transported to Children's Medical Center for evaluation. Both women riding in the SUVs were transported to the hospital, one of whom was seriously injured.

The passenger in the pickup, who was also hospitalized with minor injuries, told police he didn't know the driver who fled and had just gotten a ride from the man.

All westbound lanes of I-635 were shut down a few hours following the crash.

The search for the missing driver is ongoing, as is the investigation into the crash.

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