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Highway mayhem: Wrong-way driver collides with suspected DUI driver

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Wash. State Patrol photo

PORT ORCHARD, Wash. - State troopers had their hands full early Monday when a wrong-way driver collided with a suspected drunken driver on a Kitsap County highway, the Washington State Patrol reports.

Troopers and medics responded to the scene, on Highway 16 near Sedgwick Road, at about 1 a.m. after receiving reports of a two-vehicle crash.

Two wrecked cars were found at the accident scene.

A preliminary investigation found that an 89-year-old Gig Harbor woman in a red Honda Accord was heading the wrong way in the eastbound lanes of the highway when she crashed into a black Honda Civic heading east.

The driver of the black Civic, a 21-year-old Bremerton man, was found to be driving under the influence, said Trooper Russ Winger. The wrong-way driver was not impaired.

Both drivers sustained only minor injuries in the crash. The elderly wrong-way driver was taken to the hospital to be checked out as a precaution.

"It could have been a real bad situation if they were to hit head-on," Winger said. "We're lucky we didn't end up with a fatality. ... The impact was kind of a glancing blow, (but) we could have had two fatalities very easily."

The crash blocked the right lane of eastbound Highway 16 for about an hour and a half after the crash.