Wrong-way driver arrested in I-280 wrecks

While the Halloween revelry was limited in the Castro, it was followed by a multivehicle accident that shut down all lanes of northbound Interstate 280 for more than an hour early Thursday morning.

A woman dressed in a Halloween costume drove her Honda sedan the wrong way onto northbound I-280 near the San Francisco-Daly City border, causing three accidents and sending five people to San Francisco General Hospital with injuries, authorities said.

The woman ultimately was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence when she crashed into another driver who was also arrested on suspicion of drunk driving, according to the California Highway Patrol.

CHP received its first call of a Honda sedan driving the wrong way near Alemany Boulevard at 2:16 a.m., according to Officer Shawn Chase.

The first wreck took place two minutes later, between Geneva and Sickles avenues, when the driver of a Toyota Yaris swerved to miss the wrong-way driver and crashed into the center divide. All five occupants of the Yaris were transported to San Francisco General Hospital with minor and moderate injuries, Chase said.

A Honda CR-V then crashed into the right-side guardrail when it attempted to move out of the way, but no one in that car was injured, Chase said.

The driver continued on and clipped the front corner of a Jeep Wrangler, but neither driver was injured, Chase said. The Jeep's driver also was arrested on suspicion of drunk-driving, he added.

All three accidents took place within a ½-mile of highway, Chase said.

“We’re lucky and fortunate that no one got killed out there,” he said.

All lanes on northbound I-280 were closed until 3:28 a.m.

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