Wrong-way driver on I-77 causes wreck

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By Staff Reports

HILLSVILLE — Virginia State Police charged a 34-year-old Galax woman Monday after she entered Interstate 77 going the wrong way and caused a crash.
Merleen Sanchez was driving a 2001 Nissan Maxima at approximately 2:35 a.m. near the 8.8 mile marker, going south in the northbound lanes, according to a report by Trooper Matt Cochran.
The Maxima struck head-on a 2002 Hyundai Elantra driven by Muhammad Tahir of Charlotte, N.C.
The report listed one injury as a result and $9,000 worth of damage to each of the vehicles.
Cochran charged Sanchez with reckless driving.