One dead in wrong-way I-5 collision in National City

Second such fatal crash on I-5 in two days
Posted at 6:31 AM, Jul 08, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-08 13:40:01-04

NATIONAL CITY, Calif. (KGTV) - For the second consecutive night, Interstate 5 was shut down as crews investigated a fatal wrong-way collision.

The crash occurred just after midnight Saturday on northbound I-5, near 28th Street, when a car collided with a tow truck, according to California Highway Patrol.

Emergency crews arrived at the scene to find both vehicles in flames, CHP said.

After the flames were extinguished, crews found a body inside one of the vehicles.

Another person was located on a nearby hillside suffering from severe burns, according to CHP. They were taken to a nearby hospital.

Their names have not been released. CHP investigators have not said what they believe caused the crash.

The northbound and some southbound lanes of the freeway closed for some time but have since been reopened.

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The collision is the second such fatal crash on I-5 in just two days.

In Oceanside, two people were killed overnight Friday when a red Toyota Camry traveling northbound on the southbound side of I-5 collided head-on with a black Toyota 4Runner SUV near Mission Avenue.

The driver of the SUV has been identified as 37-year-old Alondra Guadalupe Esquivel, of Santa Maria, Calif.

The 31-year-old male suspected of driving the sedan has not been identified pending family notification. He is a resident of Teec Nos Pos, Ariz.

Both died from blunt-force injuries at the scene.

CHP officials said alcohol and/or drugs may have been a factor in that crash.