Woman killed when car slams into bridge wall in National City

Posted at 5:45 AM, Sep 06, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-06 19:23:59-04

NATIONAL CITY, Calif. -- A Spring Valley woman was killed when the Mini Cooper she was in slammed into a railing in a construction zone of state Route 54 late Monday night in National City.

Just before 11:30 p.m., 25-year-old Elizabeth Sandoval was traveling west on SR-54 and drove onto the connector ramp to southbound Interstate 805 when she went into a construction zone at a high rate of speed, authorities said. She knocked over a barrel and slammed through a K-rail and a bridge wall that was under construction.

Sandoval, who was the sole occupant of the car, was pronounced dead at the scene. National City firefighters had to cut off the roof of the car to get her body out.

California Highway Patrol officers at the scene reported that the speedometer on Sandoval's car was stuck at 105 miles per hour.

During the emergency response, a Sig Alert was issued and the connector ramp was shut down. It was reopened shortly after 2 a.m.

Crews are inspecting the structural integrity of the bridge.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.