CHP: Wrong-way I-805 driver crashes near border; alcohol believed to be a factor
Jaws of Life used to cut woman out of wreckage
Last Updated: 97 days ago
SAN DIEGO - Authorities said a suspected drunken driver is recovering at an area hospital Thursday after she crashed her car into a construction zone just north of the San Ysidro port of entry.
The California Highway Patrol said the incident began around 1 a.m., when officers began receiving 911 calls reporting a wrong-way vehicle traveling southbound in the northbound lanes of Interstate 805 at L Street in Chula Vista.
CHP officials said the driver ended up slamming her Chevrolet Monte Carlo into several rails and a construction trailer just a few hundred yards north of the point of entry -- adjacent to the U.S. entry lanes.
A Customs and Border Protection agent was the first on scene, and climbed inside the vehicle to help the woman. Fire crews eventually arrived and began a rescue that spanned 45 minutes.
Officers said the woman was trapped inside the mangled wreckage to such an extent, that rescuers had to use the Jaws of Life to cut off the roof and doors and pull her free. She was rushed to an area hospital with what appeared to be non-life-threatening injuries.
CHP officials said alcohol was a factor in the crash.
It's unclear if charges have been filed.
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