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Wrong-way driver causes crashes, 410 closure

6-year-old among the injured after driver slams into vehicles

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SAN ANTONIO – A man caused several crashes and injured people in his wrong-way wake on Loop 410 South Saturday afternoon.

The crash calls started coming in just before 1 p.m.

Police say the man involved in eight crashes drove north in the southbound lanes and ended his run after both front wheels came off his SUV near Loop 410 and Military Drive.

Along the path from near Marbach Road to past Military Drive, stunned drivers, including a San Antonio Fire Department crew, wondered what had happened.

"Our first reaction was, 'Oh, my God. Hopefully no one died,'" witness Sue Ellen Esparza said.

Police say the man appeared to be disoriented and possibly under the influence of an unknown substance.

Investigators took the man in for questioning and a blood test.

They're not yet sure what charges he faces.

Police say numerous people suffered injuries, including a 6-year-old, but those injuries are minor.

"I'm so amazed, thank God, that there weren't any head-on collisions. A lot of side swiping and rear view mirrors being taken off, but no head-on collisions. People were moving out of the way the best they could," San Antonio Police Department Sgt. Steve Priore said.

Officers closed down a section of southbound Loop 410 in the aftermath of the crashes as they worked a miles-long scene.

The highway remained closed as of 4:45 p.m. from Culebra Road to Marbach Road.


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