Four injured after motorist drives the wrong way

A Halloween reveler took her party on the road — in the wrong direction — ultimately crashing three vehicles and her own on Interstate Highway 280.

Miraculously, no one died, but four people were taken to San Francisco General Hospital with injuries ranging from minor to major.

The 23-year-old female San Francisco resident, after forcing two cars to swerve around her, crashed head-on with another driver who was arrested after the accident on suspicion of driving under the influence.

Early Thursday just after 2 a.m., California Highway Patrol received its first call of a silver Honda sedan driving the wrong way on I-280, heading southbound on northbound 280 near Alemany Boulevard, Officer Shawn Chase said.

It was unknown at what ramp the driver accessed northbound 280.

The first collision took place minutes later between Geneva Avenue and Sickles Avenue when the driver of a red Toyota Yaris swerved to miss the wrong-way driver and crashed into the center divider.

A blue Honda CR-V from Pacifica, attempting to move out of the way, then crashed into the right guardrail. No one was injured, Chase said.

The drunken female driver continued driving before colliding head-on with the front corner of a blue Jeep Wrangler, Chase said. The wrong-way driver was taken to the hospital before she was booked into jail, Chase said.

Both the wrong-way driver and the driver of the Jeep Wrangler — who had a passenger in the car — were arrested on suspicion of drunken driving, according to the report.

All three collisions took place within a half-mile of one another, Chase said. All lanes on northbound 280 were closed until 3:28 a.m.

dsmith@examiner.com

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