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Wrong-way driver causes wreck on La Mesa-area freeway, leaves scene

Posted at 6:23 AM, Dec 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-09 09:23:56-05

LA MESA, Calif. (KGTV) -- At least three people were hospitalized Wednesday morning after a multi-vehicle collision on a La Mesa-area freeway caused by a wrong-way driver.

At around 4:30 a.m., the California Highway Patrol received reports of a gray Honda According traveling the wrong way on northbound state Route 125 near Grossmont Boulevard.

The CHP said the Accord collided with a Toyota SUV, disabling both vehicles. According to the CHP, the wrong-way driver ditched his damaged vehicle in the middle lanes and then left the scene on foot.

Moments later, several other vehicles crashed into the Accord-Toyota wreckage.

ABC 10News learned at least three people in the second crash were taken to the hospital with injuries of unknown severity.

The incident forced the closure of all northbound SR-125 lanes at Lemon Avenue at around 4:50 a.m. Lanes were expected to reopen by 6 a.m.

A description of the wrong-way driver was not immediately available.