A crash that occurred on I-45 this week was caused by an elderly man driving the wrong way. According to state troopers, a 78 year old man was driving the wrong way on the interstate in Freestone County. The man is from Navarro County.
The man was driving a Chevy Silverado pickup when he hit a Nissan SUV head-on in the southbound lanes of the freeway around 11 a.m. Monday. The driver of the Nissan was instantly killed. A 14 year old boy in the SUV later died. The SUV was carrying two adults and six children at the time of the accident. None of the six children was buckled up. One child was thrown out of the vehicle. When the Nissan was hit, it rolled into another lane where it was struck by two other vehicles.
It’s not clear why this accident occurred. Police on the scene say they had no reason to believe the elderly man was under the influence of drugs or alcohol. It’s possible he became confused or was suffering from a mental illness such as Alzheimer’s or dementia. It’s unclear whether anyone would have been killed in the Nissan if everyone had been buckled up, but odds are high that the injuries suffered would have been less serious if seat belts were in use.