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Wrong way driver causes two wrecks on I-10

Posted at 9:36 AM, May 31, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-31 17:15:52-04

Early Tuesday morning, two wrecks on eastbound I-10 near Avra Valley shut down traffic for two hours.

A wreck involving a wrong way driver near Twin Peaks caused a traffic backup to Avra Valley. Then, a semi stopped in that backup was hit by a sedan that was unable to stop in time.

According to Northwest Fire, the car was fifty percent pinned underneath the semi. There was a young child and a woman in the car. The child was able to get out on his own, but firefighters had to use the jaws of life to free the woman from the car.

Both the woman and child were taken to Banner UMC. The child is in stable condition. The woman is in serious but stable condition.

The driver of the truck was not transported to a hospital.

Traffic on eastbound I-10 was diverted onto the frontage road for hours, but traffic was completely opened again around 7:50 a.m.