A woman who police say purposely drove the wrong way down Highway 1 in Abbotsford this morning was taken to hospital to undergo a psychological assessment.
The 36-year-old Langley woman was driving a Volkswagen Beetle and crashed head-on with a car being driven by a 29-year-old Abbotsford man.
RCMP Insp. Tim Shields said the woman was travelling east in the westbound lanes of the freeway when the crash took place under the Mt. Lehman overpass just before 9 a.m.
“There is every indication that the …. woman driving the Beetle was aware of what she was doing at the time of the collision. Witnesses state the Beetle did not swerve to avoid the collision,” Shields said.
The woman sustained minor injuries, while the man suffered a broken femur and injuries to his knees. He was airlifted to hospital by an air ambulance
The westbound lanes of the freeway were blocked for a few hours, but the highway has since reopened in that area.
Investigators from the RCMP’s Fraser Valley Traffic Services Section are continuing to investigate the collision, with assistance from the Integrated Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Service unit.