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Fatal crash leads to I-805 lane closures, traffic backup in South Bay

Posted: 6:12 AM, Dec 12, 2018
Updated: 2018-12-12 14:36:10-05
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Traffic on H Street after 805 crash near Bonita Road Dec. 12, 2018
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SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - One person was killed in a chain-reaction crash on Interstate 805 in the South Bay that forced lane closures and led to a heavy traffic backup during the Wednesday morning commute.

Shortly after 11:30 p.m. Tuesday, the California Highway Patrol reported a crash involving a Nissan pickup truck colliding with a Caltrans truck that was working along the side of northbound I-805 near Bonita Road.

CHP officials determined that a Toyota Yaris struck the pickup, causing it to slam into the back of the Caltrans truck, which was hauling asphalt.

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10News learned the Nissan's driver died at the hospital after sustaining injuries from the wreck.

Yaris' driver, a 29-year-old man, was arrested on suspicion of DUI and vehicular manslaughter.

No other injuries were reported, and CHP officials said the crash is under investigation.

The crash and clean-up led to the closure of at least two lanes on northbound I-805 at Bonita Road. The onramp from Bonita Road to northbound I-805 was also shut down.

The closures caused a traffic jam that extended south past Palomar Street in Chula Vista.

To alleviate some of the gridlock, the CHP opened the HOV lanes to all vehicles.

By 6:55 a.m., all lanes and other closures were reopened.