Wrong-way driver causes two fatalities on Interstate 35E

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Saturday morning at about 1:12 a.m., 911 dispatchers were alerted to a wrong-way driver on Interstate 35E in Lewisville.  When police units were first alerted, the driver was in the 200 block of southbound 35, headed northbound in a gray or light blue sedan.  Seconds later, one of the responding police units reported a crash in the 800 block.

The wrong-way driver, 25-year-old Damian Shelton of Dallas, was killed instantly in the head-on crash, according to Lewisville Police Captain Mike Lane.  

The crash occurred in the 800 block of the southbound lanes of I-35E, between Main Street and Fox Ave.

The driver of the other car was initially entrapped, and his car caught fire while police were awaiting fire department units to arrive, according to recorded radio traffic of the incident.

Lane said the 19-year-old victim was initially rescued and transported to a hospital, but later succumbed to his injuries.  Police are not yet releasing his identity.

I-35 E was shut down for at least four hours for the investigation and cleanup.

We will update the story if we learn more.

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