On Wednesday at around 12:27 a.m., a three-vehicle collision occurred on westbound I-40, east of the junction of I-40 and I-17.
A Cadillac SUV, driven by Lindsey Brumbaugh, 27, of Flagstaff, was parked in the westbound dirt median, near milepost 195, facing the wrong way. The driver pulled onto I-40 and began driving eastbound in the westbound lanes of traffic, according to ADOT public information officer, Quentin Mehr.
The Cadillac collided head-on with a Chrysler vehicle, then continued the wrong way on I-40, colliding with a Ford pickup. Brumbaugh’s Cadillac ran off the road and into a ravine near milepost 197, catching fire and starting a small brush fire.
Children passengers in the Cadillac were treated for minor injuries and were turned over to their grandmother. The driver of the Ford pickup was not injured.
Brumbaugh was transported to the Flagstaff Medical Center where she was treated and released for minor injuries. After release from the hospital, Brumbaugh was booked into the Coconino County Jail for aggravated DUI and leaving the scene of a collision involving physical injuries. Further charges are pending.
After the crash, Westbound Interstate 40 was closed at the I-17 junction in Flagstaff, causing traffic backups. All lanes are now reopened.