WALLINGFORD AND HAMDEN, Conn. (WTNH) Exits on all state highways have signs stating ‘wrong way’ or ‘do not enter’ but this weekend on the Wilbur Cross Parkway two people went the wrong way causing serious accidents.
Just after midnight early Saturday morning a car headed south in the northbound lane of Route 15 in Wallingford. That car hit a van carrying seven people.
“The individual at fault in the accident that was traveling the wrong way was arrested for DWI and was also hit with an infraction for getting on the highway in the wrong direction,” says Sgt Shane Hassett with the State Police.
A day later at 3:30 early Sunday morning another wrong way driver hit a car head on in the southbound lane also on the Wilbur Cross Parkway.
“Unfortunately the woman in that accident who was not at fault was critically injured and is in the hospital today as a result,” says Sgt Hassett.
That accident in Hamden is under investigation.
“I don’t think there’s any defects with the road,” says Sgt Hassett. “The roads are clearly marked there are signs. One way signs, do not enter signs at the exit ramps and on the on ramps so it’s clearly spelled out which direction you should be traveling.”
Sgt. Hassett says this weekend there were 189 accidents on state roads alone including the two wrong way crashes.
“Certainly the case of somebody drinking and driving was absolutely doing the wrong thing,” adds Sgt. Hassett.
He says state police are looking for voluntary compliance among drivers.
That means no drinking and driving, no speeding, no following too closely, and no distracted driving like texting while you’re behind the wheel.
State police say all of those things may lead someone to enter an exit ramp which could cause a wrong way head on crash.