Man faces charges after causing several crashes driving the wrong way on I-95

Dan Wing
March 05, 2019 - 7:05 am

KYW Newsradio


PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A driver was arrested Monday afternoon after crashing into several cars at Philadelphia International Airport and then driving the wrong way on I-95, causing even more chaos. 

Pennsylvania State Police say 41-year-old Anthony Colabove had stopped his truck on a median at the airport, where cars aren't allowed to be. When an officer honked to get him to move, Colabove took off the wrong way on northbound I-95, hitting several more cars. 

Colabove was speeding on the shoulder southbound when his truck collided with a car going north near the Route 420 interchange. 

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The second driver, 19-year-old Colin Miller, managed to swerve at the last second to avoid being hit head-on.

"You see a silhoutte of a car, and you don't think it's coming toward you. You just think, 'Alright.' Then I look back and I see cops coming my way," Miller said. "It doesn't happen all the time that a guy is driving the other way on 95."

State police helped Miller out of his car, but he was not taken to the hospital.

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Margarite Contino was on her way to the Shore. She said watched as police finally got Colabove to pull over.

"The gentleman driving the black truck jumped out and began savagely attacking the police officer," she said. "We couldn't believe it. My husband immediately calls 911 and saying 'an officer's being attacked on I-95.'"

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State police say Colabove was transported to Crozer Chester Medical Center with injuries. It appears he was under the influence of drugs during his rampage. 

The incident caused I-95 northbound at Route 420 to close around 3:30 p.m. All traffic there was blocked for about a half-hour. 

No other drivers were injured in any of the crashes he caused. Colabove will be arraigned on DUI and drug possession charges once he's released from the hospital.


KYW Newsradio's Pat Toddy congtributed to this report.