Minivan with kids hit by wrong-way driver

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Wrong-wayCrashSAN DIEGO — One person died and two people were injured when a wrong-way driver slammed head-on into a minivan carrying a mother and here three children.

The crash happened about 9 p.m. Sunday on eastbound state Route 52 west of Mast Boulevard and east of Santo Road. A Ford sedan was driving the wrong way on the freeway when he collided with the minivan, according to the California Highway Patrol. The man was killed in the crash, and the family of four was trapped inside the minivan.

“A 40-year-old female suffered major injuries. There’s  a 17-year-old female that suffered moderate injuries, and two uninjured children — a boy and a girl — that did not appear to be injured at the scene,” a CHP officer said.

The mother and her teenage daughter are expected to fully recover from their injuries, officials said.

It was not immediately known if the wrong-way driver was under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

11 comments

  • Susie Q

    So sad to pass this horrific accident scene as I was leaving east county. It was pretty obvious that there had been a fatality. My prayers go out to the survivors, and to the family of the deceased, as well as those who responded. :-( I know what this is like for the family of the deceased since my mom lost her life in a horrific accident. And I know what it's like to be the victim in a near fatal accident. So sad.

  • lorraineLSR

    My prayers and deepest condolences to the family….rest in peace…..god give the family strength to keep going, may the angels comfort their hearts, peace and abundance be in their life,sorry for your loss,god bless

    • Jay

      Have to agree. On St. Patrick's Day weekend I'm pretty sure you can assume there was alcohol involved. Finally it's not an innocent person whose life was taken away. A close friend of mine was almost killed when she was hit by a drunk driver and I have no sympathy for that man. Yes his family is mourning, but it was his own irresponsible choices that led to this.

    • Perez

      I don't think that we should be glad anyone got killed.. That could be someones Dad or Grandpa… We don't know all the facts.. We can assume they were on drinking or on drugs… Maybe the signs that read west bound are not illuminated enough?? This is like the 3rd time there has been a fatality right there.. We need to look further into why? why are these people miss reading these on ramps? If he "was" drunk, then such a sad sad choice he made…it cost him his life and hurt others..

  • Dawn

    How tragic and sad for the man who lost his life and for his family. Not much information about him in this article. Thank God all of the people in the van are going to be okay. Amazing that they did since they got hit head on. My daughter died in a fatal car crash less than a year ago. May the family find peace and comfort.

  • Assault-style magazine clip

    How tragic and sad. I won’t be able to garden today because I will be sad for the rest of the day. My heart is in tatters for those poor vehicles. My world is upside down today. I can’t even write in my diary today because I am so sad today. I am crying right now for those poor twisted hunks of what used to be vehicles. Those cars are in heaven now.

    • Assault-(pathetic)

      You're pathetic.

      Hopefully you will never experience the loss of someone to an accident or a drunk driver (if this driver was drunk), but if you do I can say with a bit of confidence you would be a bit angry if some pathetic individual trivialized the situation with the sort of remarks you have posted.

      Go find some other posts to troll.

  • Anonymous

    Funny how the sympathizer of the wrong doing, at fault party, wants to call someone a troll for being grateful that the accident was absorbed by said party. This is especially ironic since this article is on Fox. Save your little backwards liberal mindset for NBC articles.

    Additionally, if the person wasn’t drunk, then we can just chalk this one up to Darwinism. Either way, I will be hoping for good fortune for the innocent family. They will need it for their hospital bills.

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