Driver killed in crash that splits car in two

Helicopter video showed the car split in two after it crashed into a eucalyptus tree.

NATIONAL CITY, Calif. – One person was killed Tuesday morning in a single-vehicle crash off southbound Interstate 805 in the Southcrest-Mountain View area, authorities said.

Several 911 callers reported the crash about 6:45 a.m. near the long, curving off-ramp to 43rd Street, just south of the Willie Henderson Sports Complex, according to a California Highway Patrol incident log. One of the 911 callers reported that the vehicle had been “split in two.”

Helicopter video showed the mangled rear half of the car on its roof with the wheels  up next to a eucalyptus tree. A yellow tarp appeared to be covering a body on the other side of the tree. The twisted front half of the car was right side up about 30 feet downhill from the tree.

At least one person died in the crash, CHP Officer Tommy Doerr said. Details were still scarce, but Doerr said it appeared the car went down an embankment for unknown reasons and struck a tree.

Just minutes after arriving, emergency crews requested that the San Diego County Medical Examiner’s Office respond to the scene, according to the CHP incident log.