MPD officer, alleged wrong-way drunk driver in critical condition Thursday after crash

CREATED Sep 5, 2012 - UPDATED: Sep 6, 2012

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  • MILWAUKEE - Authorities say two people, including a Milwaukee Police officer, are in critical condition after an alleged wrong-way drunk driving crash the led to a freeway closure overnight.

    TODAY'S TMJ4 raw video shows that the crash involved a car and an SUV.

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  • It happened just after midnight Wednesday morning near 30th Street.

    "A woman was traveling the wrong way the wrong way on I-94. She was traveling westbound in the eastbound lanes, didn't have any headlights on," spokeswoman Fran McLaughlin told Newsradio 620 WTMJ's Jay Sorgi

    The woman, 23, was driving the white car (pictured above).

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  • "She did strike another vehicle. Both she and the man in the other car had to be transported to the hospital. She is in critical condition, and the other driver had to be taken into surgery."

    Milwaukee Police say that man is one of their officers. He is 31 years old, and he was heading home from work. He is also in critical condition.

    According to the Sheriff's department, the woman was unconscious, but breathing.

    Police say the woman was driving drunk. The Sheriff's Department said gave a citation for drunk driving and were seeking a felony charge of injuring someone while intoxicated.

    It took police officers and sheriff's deputies nearly four-and-a-half hours to clean up the crash scene and investigate.

    Sheriff's officials said this was the 20th wrong-way driving incident on a Milwaukee freeway in 2012.

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MILWAUKEE- A Milwaukee Police officer was listed in critical condition Thursday morning after being hit by a wrong-way driver.

Both Officer Joshua Albert and the driver who struck him, Erin Salmon, were at Froedtert Hospital.  Salmon is also in critical condition.

It's a series of events that are hard to believe, but it happens more often than you might think.

Shawn Green was startled by what he saw and heard just after midnight Wednesday.  "I just saw a lot of emergency vehicles, I heard a big accident." said Green to TODAY'S TMJ4.

"I heard a loud crash, and shortly thereafter, I saw an ambulance and police vehicles on the freeway," explained Ivy Zamora, who lives near the crash site.

Police say Salmon, 23, was driving the wrong way on I-94 when she hit officer Joshua Albert head-on on his way home from work.

She reportedly did not have her headlights on when the crash happened.

Both Albert and Salmon were trapped in their respective cars when emergency crews arrived.

Albert was on his way home from work when Salmon's car crashed into his.

There have been 20 wrong-way driving incidents in Milwaukee County just this year.

William Houston Cooper and his wife Mamie have lived in their home near the crash site for almost 50 years.  Cooper told TODAY'S TMJ4 he's seen enough accidents to know he's had enough of the roads.

Salmon is looking at some serious charges for this incident.  Other than a fine for not wearing her seat belt back in 2010, it appears she doesn't have a record in Wisconsin.