Man loses arm when pickup crashes into car

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SAN DIEGO — Police closed an intersection in City Heights Wednesday to investigate a vehicle crash that severed one driver’s arm.

The crash was reported in the intersection of University Avenue and 54th Street at about 10:30 a.m. Helicopter video showed a Nissan pickup stopped in the intersection with heavy damage to the passenger side of the front end. A Toyota Prius with heavy damage to the passenger side was stopped about 100 feet past the intersection on 54th Street.

Investigators said the Prius was heading eastbound on University and entered the intersection on a green light. The pickup was headed northbound on 54th Street and ran a red light, hitting the Prius broadside. The Prius rolled onto the driver’s side an slid across the roadway, according to police.

There were three people in the pickup and one person in the Prius, San Diego Fire-Rescue Department spokesman Lee Swanson said. The driver of the Prius lost his arm and someone in the pickup suffered minor injuries, Swanson said. Both were taken to local hospitals.

The pickup driver was arrested on suspicion of felony driver under the influence of alcohol.

The intersection remained blocked while police interviewed witnesses and collected evidence. It was reopened to traffic at about 12:20 p.m., Swanson said.

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