Sheriff: Wrong-way driver arrested after crashing into 18-wheeler on I-20 in Van Zandt County
VAN ZANDT COUNTY, Texas (KLTV) - A Texas Department of Public Safety trooper arrested a man who fled on foot after he drove the wrong way on Interstate 20 and crashed his car into an 18-wheeler early Sunday morning, according to Van Zandt County Sheriff Steve Hendrix.
Hendrix said the wreck occurred just before 4 a.m. Sunday. He said the driver of a passenger car went the wrong way on I-20 and headed east in the westbound lanes.
The passenger car, which was driven by Christian Gomez, crashed into an 18-wheeler between FM 1255 and FM 17. The car then caught on fire, Hendrix said.
At that point, Gomez allegedly fled on foot on Van Zandt County Road 1215. A DPS trooper captured him a short time later, Hendrix said.
Gomez was taken to an area hospital for treatment of unknown injuries.
Hendrix said it appears as though alcohol was a factor in the crash.
The responding agencies included the Van Zandt County Sheriff’s Office, the Canton Police Department, DPS, the Canton Fire Department, and South Van Zandt Fire Department.
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