Wrong-way driver collides with semi-truck; I-90 East reopens after hours-long shut down

Published: Dec. 9, 2021 at 4:53 AM EST
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CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - The Cleveland Division of Fire confirms a wrong-way driver collided early Thursday with a semi-truck in the eastbound lanes of I-90 on the city’s East Side.

The head-on crash triggered a shut down from E. 152nd Street to E. 185th Street for about five hours, beginning just after 2 a.m.

Video provided by the Ohio Department of Transportation shows the moments the crash happened.

**Warning: Some may find this video disturbing**

The interstate reopened around 7:05 a.m. The exit ramp at E. 185th Street reopened just after 9 a.m.

According to Cleveland police, the 2020 Nissan’s driver, identified as a 27-year-old woman, was taken by Cleveland EMS to University Hospitals in critical condition with head injuries and multiple fractures; police said she was ejected amid the crash. She was driving West in the eastbound lanes at the time of the crash.

A fire department spokesperson said the 39-year-old female semi-truck driver was not injured.

Cleveland Fire HazMat crews have cleared a mess of diesel oil that covered the roadway following the crash.

Authorities on scene included the Cleveland Division of Fire, Cleveland Division of Police, Accident Investigation Unit and Cleveland EMS.

The crash remains under investigation.

Wrong-way crashes may be rare, but still happen from time to time. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, they account for 1-percent of the deadly crashes that happen each year.

As far as when this type of crash happens, the National Transportation Safety Board found that wrong-way crashes generally happen at night, typically on the weekend, and usually between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m.

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