An elderly woman was critically injured and pool chemicals spilled in a head-on crash caused by an alleged drunk driver in Fremont on Thursday evening, police said. The crash was reported around 7 p.m. on Ardenwood Boulevard north of Paseo Padre Parkway.
A 1995 Toyota pickup truck was driving the wrong way, traveling north in the southbound lanes, when he collided head-on with a 2002 Honda Odyssey minivan traveling south, according to police. The impact from the crash caused the Honda to collide with a big-rig also traveling south, as well as a 2004 Ford Explorer, while the Toyota rolled over and came to rest on its roof.
The driver of the Toyota suffered injuries to his left arm and was taken with his passenger to Eden Medical Center. The driver, whose name was not immediately released, was subsequently arrested on suspicion of felony drunk driving, police said. The driver and passengers of the Honda were also taken to the hospital.
One of the passengers, a 76-year-old woman, was listed in critical condition, according to police. The driver and passengers of the Ford suffered minor injuries while the big-rig driver was uninjured, police said. The Toyota was carrying various pool cleaning chemicals, some of which spilled onto the road when the truck overturned. Hazardous materials personnel responded to clean up the spill and Ardenwood Boulevard reopened at about 3 a.m. today, police said. Anyone who may have witnessed the crash is asked to call Officer Ryan Spear at (510) 790-6760 or (510) 790-6800, ext. 11865.
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