Two people were killed and three others injured Friday morning in a wrong-way crash on a Southern California freeway.
The collision on the northbound 5 Freeway near the transition to the northbound 14 Freeway in Newhall was reported at about 3:30 a.m. It appears the driver of a black Honda Accord, headed south in northbound lanes, might have been intoxicated when it collided with other vehicles, according to the California Highway Patrol
Based on the location from which the first 911 call was received, the driver was traveling the wrong way on the freeway for at least four miles.
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The Accord driver initially collided head-on with a red Ford Mustang. A white sedan then struck the Mustang.
The deceased individuals were in the Honda, according to the CHP. One of the three injured victims was in critical condition.
Firefighters determined some patients needed to be freed from the wreckage, according to Margaret Stewart of the Los Angeles Fire Department.
"As a rule of safety, especially late at night, stay out of the fast lane," said CHP Sgt. Chris Cabral. "When we do encounter wrong-way drivers, they are in the fast lane thinking they're in the slow lane."
The ages and genders of the patients were unknown.