A vehicle going the wrong way in the southbound lanes hit another car head-on on Highway 195 near Inland Empire Way Tuesday morning.
Jennifer Schmidt, 30, was driving a Nissan Altima northbound in the southbound lanes of Highway 195 for several miles.
Many drivers on the other side of the road tried to warn that person they were going the wrong direction and even called the Washington State Patrol about the car.
"First reported to us at Paradise Road northbound in the southbound lanes here on 195, unfortunately colliding with another passenger car here in the left lane," WSP Trooper Jeff Sevigney said.
Schmidt's Altima impacted with a Hyundai Sonata, driven by 32-year-old Sean Moss, head-on. Sevigney said both drivers had to be extricated from their vehicles and transported to Sacred Heart by Northwest MedStar.
Both were wearing their seatbelts and suffered serious injuries.
The southbound lanes of Highway 195 were closed for approximately three hours for the collision investigation.
"We want to understand why the individual traveled for such a long ways the wrong way," Sevigney said.
This collision reinforces a rule drivers must always remember, Sevigney added.
"Stay to the right. You will see those signs posted especially on the interstate to keep right unless passing. This is a prime example of why, because if you are traveling the wrong way, if a driver is traveling the wrong way they think they are in the right lane," he said.
Although keeping to the right may not have made a difference here, it's just good practice and state law. But when all else fails, Sevigney said that, "if you see a wrong way driver coming at you, try to get as far off the roadway as possible safely to get out of the way of that vehicle."