FREMONT -- An elderly woman remained in critical condition Friday morning, hours after a pickup truck going the wrong way on a Fremont street slammed into a minivan and caused it subsequently to collide with a tractor-trailer, police said.

The 76-year-old woman was driving the minivan south on Ardenwood Boulevard just north of Paseo Padre Parkway at 7:03 p.m. Thursday, when she collided with a Toyota pickup truck going north in the southbound lanes, Fremont police Sgt. Mark Dang said.

She was taken to Eden Medical Center with major injuries, Dang said.

The driver of the truck, a 35-year-old man who has not been identified, was arrested on suspicion of felony driving under the influence, Dang said. He also was hospitalized.

In all, three vehicles were involved in the crash, and eight people suffered injuries Dang said. Injuries to the other six were not serious, Dang said.

The impact from the head-on crash caused the woman's minivan to collide with the tractor trailer.

Pool-cleaning chemicals in the back of the Toyota were spilled in the accident, but a hazardous materials team cleaned up the spill and traffic was reopened at about 3 a.m., police said.

Rick Hurd covers public safety. Contact him at 925-945-4780 and follow him at Twitter.com/3rdERH.



Advertisement