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2 people killed in 2 crashes on SR-54

Posted at 10:12 PM, Jul 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-15 10:19:17-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- Two people were killed Tuesday night in two separate crashes on state Route 54 in the Paradise Hills area.

At around 9:30 p.m., the California Highway Patrol said a male driver lost control of his pickup truck and overturned off westbound SR-54 near Reo Drive.

According to the CHP, the driver and his three female passengers was ejected. The driver was then run over by a passing vehicle, the CHP said.

The driver, who was not identified, was declared dead at the scene. The three women were taken to the hospital with injuries of unknown severity.

About an hour after the deadly rollover, CHP officials said a Honda CRV slammed into the back of a Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck that was stopped in the backup traffic on westbound SR-54 caused by the initial wreck.

ABC 10News learned a passenger in the CRV died in the crash, but the driver left the scene and has not been located.

The Silverado's female driver was taken to the hospital for treatment of major injuries.

Both crashes are under investigation; the CHP said "alcohol/and or drugs are suspected factors" in the second collision.