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Wrong-way driver crashes head-on into car carrying college students

WXOW TV of La Crosse recently reported on a horrific wrong-way car accident in which three college students were killed.

Authorities are waiting for toxicology reports on the 69-year-old woman who was reportedly exceeding 75 miles an hour while going the wrong way on an interstate highway. Witnesses said the woman never swerved to avoid oncoming traffic as she sped south in the northbound lanes of Interstate 75.

The woman's daughter told media outlets that her mother had an unspecified health problem, but was not a drinker.

A Canadian military medic who was on the other side of the interstate said, "I was going 75 mph and she was pulling away from me."

Though oncoming vehicles flashed their headlights at her in warnings, the woman eventually crashed head-on into a car of Bowling Green State University sorority sisters driving to a spring break getaway.

The crash killed the woman and three of the college students. Two others were seriously injured, according to media reports.

A second car of Bowling Green students, also members of the Alpha Xi Delta sorority, traveling just two or three car lengths ahead of the car hit by the woman's vehicle, managed to swerve and avoid her.

Video of the crash site showed the military medic arriving on the scene just after a state trooper, working with the officer to put out a fire and trying to rescue survivors.

"I did what anyone else with my training would do," the Canadian Sergeant Major said later.

The wrong-way driver had apparently left work just 30 minutes before the crash. She worked at an auto plant in Toledo, leaving there about 1:47 a.m.

"The question is, what happened between the time she pulled out (of work) and the time the crash happened," a state trooper said.

A security guard who saw the woman leave work said she seemed fine at the time.

Source: WXOW: "Daughter says wrong-way driver had health problems," Andrew Welsh-Huggins, March 9, 2012

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