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Driver traveling wrong way on I-805 collides with SUV in fiery wreck

Posted at 6:54 AM, Mar 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-17 09:54:23-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — A driver heading the wrong-way on Interstate 805 died following a fiery crash with another vehicle Saturday.

A Mitsubishi Lancer traveling the wrong-way on southbound I-805 near the I-8 connector collided with a Toyota SUV just before 3 a.m., according to California Highway Patrol. The collision sparked a fire, engulfing both vehicles, CHP said.

Both drivers were transported to a nearby hospital with life-threatening injuries, according to California Highway Patrol. The wrong-way driver later died.

Another vehicle received minor damages in the wreck. That driver received minor injuries.

CHP was still investigating where the wrong-way driver entered the freeway. It's not clear if alcohol or drugs was a factor in the crash.

A portion of I-805 was closed as crews cleared the scene, but was reopened before 7 a.m. Saturday.