Wrong-way driver critically injured in Oregon crash

March 30, 2018

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon State Police say a driver was critically injured in a wrong-way crash on Interstate 5 near Lake Oswego, and a second motorist was arrested for driving the wrong way on the freeway in Salem.

The agency says 25-year-old Sydney Lopez Martinez of Cornelius was traveling southbound in the northbound lanes early Friday when she hit the side of one semi and collided head-on with another. She was flown to OHSU Hospital.

In the Salem incident, Lt. Mark Duncan says 24-year-old Kayla Leedham was traveling the wrong way late Thursday, and wouldn’t pull over. He says a state trooper driving an SUV eventually hit the front corner of Leedham’s vehicle, forcing a stop.

Duncan says the Salem woman was covered in vomit when removed from the vehicle and she failed sobriety tests.

She was booked in the Marion County jail on charges of drunken driving, reckless driving and reckless endangering.

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