Highway 65 wreck caused by drifting motorist

By: Cheri March,The Lincoln News Messenger
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A head-on wreck that injured five people and gridlocked traffic Wednesday was caused when a motorist drifted into the opposite lane, Lincoln police reported Thursday. Shortly before 6 a.m. Wednesday, an Izusu Trooper traveling northbound on the highway crossed into the southbound lane outside the entrance to Sierra Pacific Industries, north of downtown, said David Krause, Lincoln's traffic officer. It does not appear that the Izusu attempted to pass, Krause said. He just drifted over the double yellow lines. The Izusu, driven by Peter Frier, of Fair Oaks, sideswiped a Kia Amanti “ which spun out of control and rolled over “ then struck a Ford Explorer head-on, Krause said. Frier, Andrew Willman, of Oroville, Michael McIntyre, of Magalia, and Irene and Avhinash Lingam, both of Marysville, were transported to area hospitals with minor to moderate injuries, he said. The highway's southbound lane was closed for about an hour, snarling traffic in both directions while emergency personnel worked at the scene, said Jill Thompson, the city of Lincoln's spokesperson