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Wrong-way driver killed in fiery crash with tow truck

SAN DIEGO -- A wrong-way driver was killed early Saturday in a crash on northbound Interstate 5 in San Diego.

At 12:10 a.m., a Porsche was reportedly traveling southbound in the northbound lanes in the area of National Avenue, according to the California Highway Patrol. The car crashed into a tow truck, setting both vehicles on fire.

The wrong-way driver was pronounced dead at the scene.

“It sounded like an explosion in my backyard," said Justina Hernandez.

Hernandez says she heard the tow truck driver screaming as he pulled himself out of his burning truck.

“I saw him on fire running -- the guy was on fire," Hernandez said.

Witnesses said the tow truck driver tried to help the driver who hit him, but he couldn't and then ran up a ravine for safety.

“He was asking for water. We tried to help him -- give him a couple glasses of water," said Richard Estela. "His arms were burned -- all parts of his body.”

The driver of the tow truck was taken to UC San Diego Medical Center to be treated for severe traumatic injuries and burns.

The crash prompted the closure of all northbound lanes and two lanes on the southbound side.