A wrong-way driver caused a deadly head-on collision on I-35W in Denton early Saturday morning. Two people were killed. Two others were injured.
It happened along I-35W between Crawford Road and FM-2449 near mile marker 81. The northbound lanes of I-35W were shut down for about four hours.
The person driving the Toyota Highlander could not avoid the Honda Accord coming straight on. Police say both drivers died on impact.
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The Denton Police Department identified the driver of the Honda Accord as 25-year-old Juan E. De La Cruz, Jr. of Illinois. The driver of the Toyota Highlander was Amy Lynne Morrow, 55, Rhome in Wise County.
"Around 6:20 this morning the Denton Police dispatch started receiving several 9-1-1 telephone calls about a driver going southbound in the northbound lanes of traffic on I-35 W,” explained Officer Orlando Hinojosa. “Soon after that, they started receiving telephone calls of a crash, a major crash, involving four vehicles."
An Inifiniti G 35S and Ford Mustang also wrecked trying to avoid the cars in the head-on crash. Two people were treated and released at a local hospital for minor injuries. The driver of the Infiniti G 35S is Wanda Sue Carter, 41, of Arlington. The driver of the Ford Mustang is Najwa Francisca Lucre, 33, of Ada, Oklahoma.
A crash reconstruction team spent four hours taking photos, measurements and gathering evidence. Police kept northbound I-35 West between Crawford Road and FM 2449 closed until around 10:30 this morning.
Officer Hinojosa said it’s too early to know if alcohol was a factor in the driver going the wrong way on I-35 W.
The names of the victims have not yet been released to the public.