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Wrong-way driver leads police from Fairfax into Arlington

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Virginia State Police on June 11 around 10:36 a.m. began receiving calls about a red sedan traveling north in the southbound Express Lanes of Interstate 495 near Exit 51 (Gallows Road).

As state police were responding, the vehicle took I-66 and began traveling east in the westbound lanes of I-66, officials said.

As the vehicle headed into Arlington County, it struck another vehicle. The impact of that crash caused the wrong-way vehicle to suffer a flat tire.

State police troopers were able to meet the oncoming red sedan, which pulled off to the shoulder near the 72 mile marker on I-66.


The driver, a 57-year-old Pennsylvania woman, initially refused to exit her vehicle. The troopers deduced that the woman was suffering from mental distress and were able to contact a family member.

The troopers kept communicating with the woman and were able to establish a rapport with her. She exited the vehicle and was transported to a nearby hospital for evaluation, police said.

Rescue personnel transported the driver of the struck vehicle to a nearby hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

Charges are pending against the striking vehicle’s driver, police said.

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