PHOTOS: 78-year-old causes wrong-way crash after turning around on I-5

by: KIRO 7 STAFF Updated:

The 29-year-old victim's car.
MOUNT VERNON, Wash. —

The Washington State Patrol said a 78-year-old woman caused a crash on Interstate 5 near Mount Vernon when she turned around and started heading the wrong way.

The crash happened shortly after 6 a.m. near Anderson Road when the Oak Harbor woman, who was heading southbound, turned around and headed northbound.

The state patrol said the woman crashed head-on into a 29-year-old driver in the far left lane.

See photos of the crash here.

Two lanes of I-5 were closed for a short time.

State troopers said the woman appeared to be under the influence of prescription drugs.  She was cited for vehicular assault and prosecutors may decide to also charge her with driving under the influence, police said.

The woman had a broken ankle. The other driver had some minor chest injuries. Both drivers were transported to the hospital.