Alamo Colleges District police Officer Jonathan Logan and another witness are getting credit for saving a woman’s life after a crash involving a wrong-way driver on Interstate 35.
San Antonio police said they began receiving calls around 3:30 a.m. Thursday about the driver who was heading south in the northbound lanes of I-35.
One of the callers was Logan, who just had had a close call with the car on the highway somewhere around Loop 410, according to Officer Matthew Porter, an SAPD spokesman.
"He was able to turn around. He drove on the median and shoulder to try to alert oncoming traffic," Porter said.
Logan’s warning, though, did not help the wrong-way driver.
Porter said the car, traveling south in the northbound highway’s fast lane, soon came upon an 18-wheeler.
The big rig was unable to switch lanes due to other traffic, he said.
The car then swerved to avoid a collision, hit the guardrail and went off a highway bridge near Fischer Road, police said.
It landed in a creek bed where it burst into flames.
Both the man driving the car and a passenger, Annabel Moreno, 21, were partially ejected from vehicle.
Officers found the driver under the burning car, already dead. As of noon, he had not been identified.
"There was a witness and the officer that stopped. They were able to pull the passenger that was partially ejected from the vehicle, they pulled her to safety," Porter said.
Police did not release the name of the other witness who helped with the rescue.
Moreno suffered critical injuries and was rushed to University Hospital, police said.
Porter said they will investigate to determine if the driver had been drinking.