A driver who was driving the wrong way on an interstate highway is dead, and the accident he is believed to have caused has also seriously injured another person, according to local sources. California Highway Patrol has confirmed the 5-car accident claimed the life of one driver and sent another to the hospital with life-threatening injuries. Several other people also sustained minor injuries in the crash, which is still being investigated as of this report. 

According to police on the scene, an unknown driver of a minivan somehow managed to get on Interstate 880 near San Jose traveling north in the southbound lanes around 4:40 the morning of Jan. 9. It is still not clear at this time what caused the driver to enter the wrong-way lanes, but police say they have not ruled out alcohol or drugs as possible causes. The man crashed into four other vehicles before his vehicle came to rest, causing major backups on the highway. 

The man was rushed to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead several hours later. Several other people suffered minor injuries, but at least one news source has reported that one of the individuals in another vehicle suffered serious injuries and has subsequently been hospitalized. No further information is available at this time. 

Given the man believed responsible for causing the car accident died in the crash, California authorities will not pursue criminal charges. However, the injured parties, most especially the individual who suffered major injuries, are in a position to file personal injury lawsuits in civil court against the driver’s estate. Any evidence gathered by police to corroborate the man’s material contribution to the accident can be used to support any such suits should they be filed. 

Source: The Epoch Times, “Wrong-Way Driver Causes Five-Car Crash, 1 Dead,” Jan. 9, 2018