Stemmons Freeway in northwest Dallas was shut down Sunday morning following a major accident. The accident occurred around 7:30 a.m. on I-35 east, in the northbound lanes near Commonwealth Drive.

The accident was caused by a driver who was driving the wrong way on the freeway. Three other vehicles, in addition to the one that was driving the wrong way, were involved in the crash. Firefighters and paramedics worked for an hour to free one woman who was trapped, but she died later at the hospital. Fortunately, no one else was injured. As a result of the accident, all five northbound lanes of I-35 were closed for three hours.

The driver who caused the accident is in custody. He has been charged with intoxicated assault and intoxicated manslaughter. He is in the U.S. illegally, so he is being held for U.S. Immigration.

This accident illustrates how dangerous it is to drink and drive. Over 10,000 people are killed each year in theUnited Statesbecause of drunk drivers, which is almost a third of all traffic-related deaths. Drugs other than alcohol, such as marijuana and cocaine, are responsible for about 18 percent of motor vehicle deaths. Drunk driving is a big problem in particular for younger drivers and motorcyclists, who are more likely to be killed in a drunk driving accident than the rest of the population.

Have you or a loved one been injured in an accident involving a drunk driver? Call theDallas automobile accident attorneys at the Barber Law Firm at 866-986-1529. Our attorneys will offer you a free consultation on your case. Call us today.