‘It’s pretty much a miracle’: No one dies when pickup crashes into big rig in wrong-way freeway crash

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SAN DIEGO — A man was facing DUI charges after driving the wrong way on the freeway and crashing head-on into a big rig early Monday, the California Highway Patrol said .

“It’s pretty much a miracle no one died in this,” CHP Sgt. Curtis Martin.

Around 1:28 a.m., CHP received reports of a man traveling northbound in the southbound lanes of Interstate 15 just north of state Route 76 near Lilac Rd.

Before officers could respond, the wrong-way driver of a Toyota Tacoma crashed into an oncoming big rig, causing a hazardous mess on the roadway, Sgt. Curtis Martin said. The driver of the semi-truck said he attempted to swerve but wound up partially jackknifed and spilling fuel.

The driver of the Tacoma pickup truck was arrested on suspicion of DUI. Neither driver was seriously injured.

Wrong-way drivers often drive in the fast lane, Marting said. He suggested staying out of the fast lane at night.

The crash was expected to be cleared by morning rush-hour traffic.

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