NORTH SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – A wrong-way driver died in a head-on crash, which involved his vehicle becoming airborne during a collision that involved two other cars near Sacramento International Airport overnight, a spokesperson for the California Highway Patrol said on Sunday.
Authorities said the fatal crash happened at around 11:52 p.m. along northbound Interstate 5, just south of Airport Boulevard and north of Highway 99.
The wrong-way driver, a 46-year-old man from Woodland, was driving a Honda Accord southbound in the northbound lanes of I-5 when he collided head-on with a Toyota Camry and became airborne, the CHP said.
Investigators said the left side of the Honda crashed into a Volvo that was also in the northbound lanes.
The Woodland man was pronounced dead at the scene.
The driver of the Toyota, a man from Sacramento, suffered major injuries and the Volvo driver – 38, from Moore, Idaho – suffered minor injuries. Both survivors were taken to the hospital for treatment.
The identities of all involved parties were not released.
The CHP said traffic was diverted from I-5 to northbound 99 for nearly 2.5 hours.