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Driver rescued after car hits tree off I-15, splits in half

Posted at 5:16 AM, Aug 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-02 13:26:07-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - A car crashed off Interstate 15 in Kearny Mesa early Friday morning and hit a tree, causing the vehicle to split in half and trapping the driver inside the wreckage.

The crash was reported at around 2:15 a.m. off southbound I-15 just north of Balboa Avenue, according to the California Highway Patrol.

CHP officials said the driver of a white Honda sedan lost control of his car and veered off the freeway at a speed of nearly 80 MPH.

The car split in half after striking a tree, with the front half of the vehicle -- with the driver still inside -- tumbling around 100 feet down an embankment. The back half of the car remained stuck on the tree.

It took firefighters about an hour to remove the driver from the wreckage. He was hoisted up from the embankment and rushed to the hospital with injuries of unknown severity.

No other injuries were reported.

The CHP is investigating the crash.