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Driver dies in Encanto crash, impact launches engine into parked vehicle

Posted at 5:47 AM, Aug 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-26 12:07:51-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - A driver was killed after a crash in Encanto that ended with his car on trolley tracks and the vehicle’s engine flying across the street into a parked car.

The crash happened at around 2:15 a.m. Monday near the intersection of Woodman Street and Imperial Avenue, according to San Diego police.

10News learned a red sedan was traveling northbound on Woodman Street at a high rate of speed when it struck a curb at Imperial Avenue and then hit an electrical pole. After hitting the pole, the car crossed through a trolley line and then launched 15-20 feet into the air.

The vehicle slammed into another pole on Akins Avenue before coming to rest on trolley tracks.

The impact of the crash sent the car’s engine flying out of the vehicle and into a parked car dozens of feet away.

Emergency crews cut the roof off the red car to get to the driver, but he was declared dead at the scene.

The driver was only identified as a male in his 20s.

No other injuries were reported.

Due to the emergency response and investigation, police closed down Imperial Avenue at 65th Street. Akins Avenue and Imperial Avenue were both closed at Woodman Street.

With MTS crews repairing the damaged trolley track, buses were used to move Orange Line passengers from the Massachusetts Avenue Station to the Encanto Station.

MTS recommended anyone looking to head to downtown San Diego to use the Green Line.