2nd deadly wrong-way crash in two weeks

2nd deadly wrong-way crash in two weeks
20-year-old woman killed in wrong-way crash. (Source: WOIO)
This is the second time a wrong-way driver has caused a deadly crash. (WOIO)
This is the second time a wrong-way driver has caused a deadly crash. (WOIO)

BROOKLYN, OH (WOIO) - A 20-year-old woman is dead after being hit by a wrong-way driver on Interstate 480 early Sunday morning.

Brooklyn police said a vehicle driven by a 48-year-old man was going east in the westbound lanes near Ridge Road  about 4:30 a.m. when it collided with the vehicle driven by the 20-year-old.

The man was taken to MetroHealth Medical Center. The woman died at the scene.

Their identities have not yet been released.

The highway was closed for almost five hours Sunday. The crash remains under investigation.

This is the second time this month that a driver was killed after getting hit by a wrong-way driver. A 22-year-old was killed while on her way home from work on Feb. 2 on I-71.

And five people were killed Saturday in Dayton when an SUV was hit by a wrong-way driver.

Amanda McFarland, ODOT spokesperson, said wrong-way crashes make up less than two percent of all car accidents that happen in Ohio every year. 

"It's a very small number. We offer our condolences to anyone involved in a wrong-way crash because while they're rare they are serious," said McFarland.

McFarland says last summer ODOT added more wrong -way signs and markings to alert drivers at interchanges in attempt to prevent accidents. 

"You'll notice we have a lot of extra 'do not enter' or 'wrong-way' signs on the exit ramps. We've also added some pavement markings that you'll notice," said McFarland.

McFarland said despite the back to back crashes ODOT is not reporting any type of trend in accident causes or problem areas.  

"I would just advise people to be cautious when you're driving. Unfortunately there aren't always somethings that can be predicted," said McFarland. 

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