Wrong-Way Driver Killed in Fiery Crash on 210 Freeway in Sylmar

The crash closed the westbound 210 east of Roxford Street

By Jonathan Lloyd, Annette Arreola and Sean Murphy
|  Thursday, May 24, 2012  |  Updated 11:16 AM PDT
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Firefighters at the scene of a big rig crash in Sylmar on the 210 Freeway.

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A woman  driving the wrong way was killed early Thursday in a fiery crash involving a UPS semi-trailer truck on the 210 Freeway in Sylmar.

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The collision on the westbound 210 just east of Roxford Street was  reported at 2:16 a.m., said California Highway Patrol Officer Anthony Martin.

The crash prompted the closure of all westbound lanes and two  eastbound lanes as the UPS big rig crashed through the center divider, landing on its side. Two lanes were closed on the eastbound side and one lane was closed on the westbound side at 7 a.m.

The road reopened at about 11 a.m.

"The big rig went up in flames," said CHP Sgt. Jim Mair. "We have witnesses that saw the sedan traveling eastbound in the westbound lanes. Basically, it was  head-on impact."

The deceased victim was a woman in the passenger sedan who was  pronounced dead at the scene. She was reported to have been  driving the wrong way on the freeway, firefighters told the photographer.

A pile of boxes spilled onto the road. A UPS crew was sent to retrieve the packages.

The fire was extinguished by 2:38 a.m., said Brian Humphrey of the Los  Angeles Fire Department.

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