Wrong-way driver killed in I-5 head-on crash identified


TEHAMA COUNTY, Calif. - A man who was killed after driving the wrong direction on I-5 Thursday morning before crashing head-on into a semi-truck has been identified.

Officials said the man went by two names, Viera Fuentes and Christian Ivan, 24, and according to his license, was from Washington.

The collision happened around 3:15 a.m. near Sour Grass Road.

The CHP said the man was driving a 2000 Honda Civic south of Liberal Avenue, going southbound in the northbound lanes. Officials said the driver of the semi-truck, John Wahl, 64, of Redding, was northbound when he saw the Honda driving the wrong way in the other northbound lane. Wahl had been trying to pass a semi-tractor trailer in that lane.

Officials said the semi tractor-trailer tried to drive onto the right shoulder but the driver of the Honda Civic swerved into Wahl's lane and was hit. The driver of the Honda Civic died at the scene.

Officials said it is believed alcohol may have been involved in the crash.

Both vehicles sustained major damage. The CHP said about 50 gallons of fuel spilled form the semi-truck. After the crash, one northbound lane was closed for several hours.

If you have information about this crash, contact the Red Bluff CHP at 530-527-2034.