Drivers, 2 Children Injured in I-80 Wrong-Way Crash

SACRAMENTO -- Four people, including two children, were injured Tuesday in a collision on Interstate 80 in Sacramento.

The CHP reports around 6:30 p.m., 22-year-old Kelley Coleman, of Sacramento, drove his pickup truck the wrong way onto the Madison Avenue eastbound offramp. He began driving across I-80 until he was in the fast lane.

At one point, Coleman realized he was going the wrong way, according to the CHP. When he went to turn around he was hit by an SUV.

In a picture taken of the scene, the SUV is on its roof.

"The impact ... just the dirt and the dust that was everywhere, it was pretty bad," said Omar Cortez.

When the crash happened right in front of him on I-80 eastbound, Cortez jumped out of his car to help.

"The dad was like, 'Help me get them out. Help me get them out,'" Cortez recalled. "So that's what we did."

That father is David Shimamoto. His 8- and 6-year-old daughters were in the SUV when the CHP says Coleman crashed into them. Cortez pulled the 8-year-old girl out.

"She was very shaken up, she was not knowing where she was at, breathing very heavily, just asking if she was going to live," Cortez told FOX40.

Cortez is a father himself and his own son, Junior, was with him, ready to help.

"I was just worried about the girls, getting them out," Junior Cortez said. "It was definitely a crazy sight to see."

The CHP says the 8-year-old girl and her father suffered moderate injuries. The 6-year-old girl has life-threatening injuries but they're all stable and alive.

As for the driver, the CHP says he had major injuries and was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence. He will be booked into jail once he is treated at a hospital.

"He was in a daze," Omar Cortez said. "He didn't kind of know what was going on."

The terrifying crash could have been much worse.

"He was two cars ahead and that could've been us," Junior Cortez said.