Motorists drove onto the running path that runs along Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive in Philadelphia Thursday morning after a head-on crash left one person dead and blocked traffic.
The male driver of the car that crossed the double yellow center line while heading out of the city and slammed head-on into a city-bound Chevrolet Traverse near Sweet Briar Drive around 8:20 a.m. died, said investigators.
the 32-year-old driver of the Traverse suffered leg pains while a 4-year-old in her car required evaluation at Hahnemann Hospital, said police.
The crash snarled traffic along one of the city’s major arteries into town for hours. As police secured the scene, drivers could be seen going up over the curb and onto the grass and running path that runs along the roadway that weaves alongside the Schuylkill Expressway and Schuylkill River in Fairmount Park.
As SkyForce10 hovered overhead a short time later, you could see the Traverse with its airbags visibly deployed and the sedan with a white sheet over top. Drivers could also be seen turning around to get out of the backup.
Traffic slowed on the Schuylkill Expressway as drivers avoided the crash scene as the investigation continued until around 11 a.m.