Wrong-way driver causes chaos, crashes on 5 Freeway in Tustin

First responders at a crash triggered by a wrong-way driver on the 5 Freeway in Tustin. Photo: OnSceneTV

A wrong-way motorist triggered a crash Sunday that snarled traffic on the Santa Ana (5) Freeway in Tustin for more than three and a half hours.

The crash was on the northbound 5 Freeway near the Costa Mesa (55) Freeway occurred a little after 4:40 a.m., the California Highway Patrol reported.  It was not immediately known if any motorists were cited or arrested.

Paramedics dispatched to the location at 4:44 a.m., but said no one was injured seriously enough to be taken to any hospital, said an Orange County Fire Authority dispatcher.

The initial report was a southbound sedan in a northbound lane of traffic, the CHP reported. That car hit an oncoming truck, which “jackknifed” and blocked northbound traffic. The truck had major damage to its right side.

The CHP also reported that a black Jeep and a gray Honda Civic were involved in the crash.

A SigAlert was issued at 5:03 a.m., as all lanes of northbound traffic were blocked and the truck and “extensive debris” were in all northbound lanes, the CHP reported.

The SigAlert was cancelled at 8:02 a.m.

–City News Service