Parts Of US1 Shutdown For Hours After Wrong-Way Crash

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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Crews shutdown parts of US-1 for hours after a wrong-way crash early Monday morning in Coral Gables.

Police said two drivers crashed into each other head-on around 6:15 a.m. near Grand Avenue – between Ponce De Leon Boulevard and Douglas Road.

“They have had other accidents there but most of them have been due to speed,” said Coral Gables Police Officer Kelly Denham.

Authorities said a 23-year-old woman who was driving a black Infiniti was rushed to the Ryder Trauma Center in critical condition.

The driver of a Toyota SUV, a 30-year-old woman, was also taken to the hospital but her condition has stabilized.

“When officers arrived and looked at the crash and saw they probably had a head on collision, fire rescue was called and they had cut on driver out of the vehicle,” Denham said.

Denham said that was the driver of the black Infiniti.

“If you see where the crash occurred on the roadway, where’s there’s trees and bushes, we could not see where someone crossed over,” Denham explained. “So right now we are looking at this as a wrong way crash.”

The drivers have not been identified.

Denham said both women did not have passengers with them.

CBS4’s Peter D’Oench reports the driver of the Infiniti had borrowed her grandmother’s car to go to a pool party.

When the 23-year-old’s mother woke up, she didn’t find her daughter home so she texted her and did not get a response back. She also passed by her job and did not find her. She later found out about the crash.

The driver of the Toyota SUV broke her hips and clavicle but is awake. At last check, detectives were speaking to her.

A hazardous materials team was at the scene earlier because of gasoline on the roadway.

The northbound lanes, which were shut down after the crash, were reopened about an hour later. The southbound lanes were shut down for nearly four hours.

Coral Gables police are still trying to determine how the crash happened.

“Right now we are trying to determine who was traveling the wrong way and get to the bottom of the crash,” Denham said.

It appears that alcohol was not a factor in the crash.

Denham said there does not appear to be any surveillance tape of the crash.

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