Massive Wreck Near OC Hospital Kills Wrong-Way Driver

One victim walked to the emergency room for help

By Samantha Tata and Gadi Schwartz
|  Friday, Oct 11, 2013  |  Updated 1:04 AM PDT
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A deadly pile up near an OC hospital kills a wrong-way driver and injures several others. One victim walked to the nearby ER for help. Gadi Schwartz reports from Fullerton for the NBC4 News at 11 p.m. on Oct. 10, 2013.

A deadly pile up near an OC hospital kills a wrong-way driver and injures several others. One victim walked to the nearby ER for help. Gadi Schwartz reports from Fullerton for the NBC4 News at 11 p.m. on Oct. 10, 2013.

A multi-car wreck near a hospital in Fullerton killed a wrong-way driver Thursday evening and injured several others, authorities said.

Six vehicles, including an overturned SUV, were mangled together on Harbor Boulevard near Bastanchury Road. In all, eight cars appeared to be involved in the wreck, which happened near St. Jude Medical Center.

At least one crash victim walked to the emergency room for help.

"It was really fortunate that there were so many medical responders here right away," said Sgt. Jeff Stuart, with the Fullerton Police Department. "That may be why so many people survived."

Witnesses said the driver of the overturned SUV was speeding down the wrong side of Harbor Boulevard then barreled into several cars waiting at a red light.

"It looked like it was intentional," witness Yvette Garcia said. "The driver was not swerving, he didn't honk. He basically just coming on to oncoming traffic, on to us

The SUV driver died on impact, police said. Five others were injured.

An investigation is underway to determine the cause of the crash and whether drugs or alcohol were involved.

City News Service contributed to this report.

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