ALBANY - An elderly woman and her husband from Tolovana Park were not injured Friday morning after their vehicle drove the wrong way on Interstate 5 south of Albany for at least four miles and crashed into a concrete barrier at a highway construction zone.
The woman, who was driving while suspended, was cited by Oregon State Police and the couple were released to a relative.
On February 6, 2009 at 6:02 a.m. a report was received of a vehicle driving southbound in the northbound lanes of Interstate 5 near milepost 226. Oregon State Police (OSP) Recruit Trooper Ray Stallsworth left from the OSP Albany office to overtake and locate the vehicle. A few minutes after the original report, the 1996 Toyota Avalon four-door crashed into a concrete barrier in a northbound Interstate 5 highway work zone near milepost 222.
OSP arrived at 6:12 a.m. and contacted driver Helen Woolley, 81, and her husband/passenger William Woolley, 84, both from Tolovana Park. Both were using seat belts and uninjured.
Helen Woolley was operating with a suspended driver's license because of medical-related factors, troopers said. She was cited by OSP for driving while suspended and careless driving.
The couple was transported by OSP back to the Albany Area Command Office. Stallsworth was able to contact a relative in Salem who came and picked up the couple.
OSP was assisted at the scene by Halsey Fire Department and the Oregon Department of Transportation.