Wrong-way crash kills 2 drivers on Highway 78
SAN MARCOS, Calif. — A car traveling the wrong way on State Route 78 near Palomar College crashed head-on into another vehicle early Monday, killing both drivers.
The 1997 Nissan Maxima and 2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser collided about 3 a.m. on the eastbound side of the freeway, just west of San Marcos Boulevard, according to the California Highway Patrol.
Preliminary evidence indicated that the 48-year-old driver of the Maxima was heading the wrong way when her car hit the oncoming hatchback, according to the county Medical Examiner’s Office.
The woman behind the wheel of the Chrysler died at the scene, and the other motorist was pronounced dead on arrival at Palomar Medical Center, CHP public-affairs Officer Jim Bettencourt said. Their names were withheld pending family notification.
It was not immediately clear if intoxication was a factor in the crash, Bettencourt said.
The CHP closed the eastbound lanes of the highway in the area for about two hours to allow for investigation and cleanup.