DENVER - A driver going the wrong way in the HOV lanes of northbound Interstate 25 crashed head-on into another vehicle Friday afternoon, the Colorado State Patrol said.
The head-on crash involved a 2005 Jeep Liberty driven by a 57-year-old Commerce City woman and a 2007 Kia Sedan. The woman was going the wrong way when she struck the northbound Kia, driven by a 29-year-old man from Virginia, said CSP Trooper Josh Lewis.
The woman suffered moderate injuries, and the man had serious injuries. Both drivers were transported to Denver Health.
The crash occurred around 12:45 p.m. in the HOV lane near 60th Avenue, a Colorado State Patrol dispatcher said.
Lewis said excessive speed is not considered to be a factor in the crash, but alcohol consumption has not been ruled out as a cause of the crash.
It's still not clear how the woman was able to get into the HOV lanes going the wrong direction, Lewis said.
The CSP shut down the HOV lanes as they worked to investigate the crash. Only the HOV lanes were closed, but traffic on I-25 was slowed because of curious drivers.
Vehicles in the HOV lanes were stopped at 58th Avenue and eventually rerouted. The HOV lanes reopened at 4:45 p.m.