Bay Bridge Accident : Woman suspected of DUI arrested

Updated: November 10, 2014
Bay Bridge Accident : Woman suspected of DUI arrested

A 32-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of DUI after allegedly driving the wrong way on the Bay Bridge Saturday night and crashing into three vehicles, the California Highway Patrol said.

Vacaville resident Karrie Lyn Morgan was the driver who allegedly entered the freeway from the toll plaza, collided head-on with a vehicle and sideswiped two other cars, according to the CHP.

The four-car crash temporarily shut down all eastbound lanes of the Bay Bridge Saturday evening.

CHP first received reports of a wrong-way driver traveling westbound in the eastbound lanes of the Bay Bridge at 8:27 p.m., according to Off. Daniel Hill.

A few minutes later, at 8:33 p.m., CHP received reports of a multi-vehicle collision near the tower on the east span of the bridge, Hill said.

CHP, along with fire and medical crews arrived to find four vehicles involved in the crash and transported four people to area hospitals with minor injuries, Hill said.

The driver collided head on with one vehicle and side swiped two other vehicles.

All of the eastbound lanes were closed for 15 minutes to allow emergency crews to access the crash site. Afterwards, the #4 and #5 lanes were opened to allow eastbound traffic to pass as clean-up continued.

Three people including the wrong-way driver were transported to San Francisco General for complaints of pain. Out of three people transported, two received minor injuries and one received major injuries.

The scene was cleared and all traffic lanes were reopened at 2215 hours.

The wrong way driver was arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs at the scene. After being medically cleared at San Francisco General Hospital, she was subsequently booked at San Francisco County Jail.

“Wrong way driving happens more frequently that you would believe on our freeways,” Hill said. “Usually, people realize their error pretty quickly. When they don’t, a medical condition or impairment by drugs or alcohol is most typically the cause.”