How does a wrong way crash even happen?
Imagine that you were driving home late last night on an interstate in Fort Worth or Dallas. Maybe you worked the late shift or saw a movie. Suddenly, every driver’s worst nightmare occurred: a speeding car or truck was headed straight at you. You had little, if any, time to react and may have no unoccupied lane to swerve into. This is a recipe for a wrong way crash.
But this was not a horror movie. It happens here a lot, far too often. Texas leads the U.S. in the number of these wrong way crashes.
Yesterday morning, a man driving a Honda led Springtown police on a high speed chase across Tarrant County. It started when the driver fled a police officer near Lake Worth. He accelerated and drove east in the westbound lanes of Interstate 820. He wove in and out of traffic at a speed of up to 100 mph. Officers from Fort Worth and Reno joined the chase and used road spikes to prevent the driver from going further. The driver spun out of control as he exited Loop 820 and crashed his car. Miraculously, no other cars were hit during the chase or his wipe out.