Freeway closed after fatal head-on crash

Fatal Crash Highway 56SAN DIEGO — Authorities closed westbound state Route 56 in Rancho Penasquitos Thursday after a  head-on collision that killed at one person.

The fatality occurred east of Black Mountain Road just before 9:45 a.m., according to the California Highway Patrol.

Helicopter video showed the crumpled wrecks of a black 2-door Scion coup and a blue Range Rover on the right shoulder of the freeway. A body was visible in the Scion.

The Range Rover was driving eastbound on the freeway when if crossed over to the west bound lanes and hit the Scion head-on, a CHP sergeant told FOX 5. The man driving the Scion died on impact. The driver of the Range Rover was taken to a hospital, but his condition was not immediately known, the sergeant said.

A SigAlert was in effect for about 2 hours. Westbound traffic was diverted off the freeway at Black Mountain Road, but traffic was moving freely in the eastbound lanes.

The westbound traffic lanes were reopened at about 11;30 a.m.

The cause of the crash was under investigation.

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  • Guest

    FYI I drove past the accident and that bright colored object in the Scion is not a body, it was some type of pillow or bag that I saw. I believe the occupants of the vehicle had already been removed from what I could tell.

  • nsanity

    One can only speculate but chances are the driver in the range rover took his eye off the road and had it on his cell phone – too many people screwing around with their phones while driving, causing lots of avoidable accidents.

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