(Photo Caption – The elderly woman driver of the vehicle that was driving in the wrong direction of U.S. Highway 93 causing an accident speaks with Department of Public Safety officers.)

Photo By Butch Meriwether

GOLDEN VALLEY – Two drivers escaped injury and/or possible death when a wrong way driver in Coyote Pass of U.S. Highway 93 slammed into a northbound vehicle.

Golden Valley Fire District (GVFD) firefighters and Department of Public Safety (DPS) officers responded at 8:52 a.m., July 11, 2016, to a report of a head-on collision at Mile Post 68 on the highway.

When law enforcement officers and firefighters arrived on scene, it was determined there were no injuries to either of the drivers in the “sideswipe” accident that shut down the right lane of the highway for about 45 minutes.

According to GVFD officials, an elderly woman driving a mid-sized white four-door Buick had mistakenly thought the northbound U.S. Highway 93 to the westbound transition road to U.S. Highway 68 was an on ramp for southbound U.S. Highway 93. Once on the transition road, the female driver continued southbound in the northbound lanes of U.S. Highway 93 for about one mile prior to careening into a northbound blue four-door Buick driven by an unidentified male.

Even though it was apparent of the cause of the accident, DPS is continuing their investigation.