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2 Killed and 3 Injured, Including Child, in Wrong-Way Crash on 110 Freeway in Downtown LA

Three lanes of the northbound 110 Freeway at 9th Street, and the 10 Freeway to the 110 Freeway transition road from both directions were closed for the investigation.

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Two people were killed and three others injured early Tuesday morning in a wrong-way crash, possibly involving a DUI driver, in downtown Los Angeles, authorities said.

The crash happened at about 2 a.m. on the northbound 110 Freeway near 9th Street, the California Highway Patrol said. Several traffic lanes were closed.

The driver of a Lexus SUV was driving southbound in the northbound lanes when it collided with a Toyota Corolla with two people inside, according to CHP Sgt. Jeff Lane.

Both of the people in the Toyota Corolla died at the scene. One was identified by family members as Jasmine Hope De La Cruz, 23, of Bellflower.

Robert De La Cruz, her grandfather, was home when the coroner's office notified family members. He said she worked as a pharmacist technician.

The man driving the SUV was briefly trapped in the vehicle and taken to a hospital with serious injuries. A woman passenger in the SUV and a child in the backseat sustained minor injuries, Lane said.

The driver was later arrested, the CHP said.

A third vehicle hit the Toyota after the initial crash, Lane said.

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