POSTED: Monday, December 12, 2011 - 1:10pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, December 14, 2011 - 12:28pm
EL PASO- The driver of the vehicle traveling the wrong way on I-10 which led to a 5-car wreck has now been identified.
Police say Jose Vasquez, 45, of Anthony NM collided with a vehicle at the intersection of Mesa and Desert Blvd then, in an attempt to flee, he drove onto and I-10 exit off-ramp in the wrong direction. At that time, he collided with another vehicle and struck a traffic sign, but continued to drive east in the westbound lanes.
As he was driving in the wrong direction on I-10, he clipped a car, causing it to spin across three lanes of traffic, then struck a Dodge Charger head-on. Another car then collided with Vasquez' truck.
Vasquez and the driver of the Charger died at the scene. Others were transported to hospitals.
Investigators suspect alcohol on the part of Vasquez as a contributing factor in this fatal collision. Police are trying to notify the next of kin of the driver of the Charger before releasing his name.