3 killed within hours in series of freeway crashes

SAN DIEGO -- Three people were killed in crashes on San Diego-area freeways early Saturday morning.

The first crash was reported at 12:36 a.m. on state Route 52 at Convoy Street in the Kearny Mesa area. One person died in the crash and firefighters were scene extinguishing flames from a vehicle that had apparently flipped on its side and hit the center divider.

Another person died in a four-vehicle accident on eastbound state Route 94 near Federal Boulevard in Oak Park a little before 3:30 a.m., the California Highway Patrol said. The crash involved a Honda Civic, a Hyundai Sonata and a motorcycle.

That crash was under investigation for much of the morning, and only one lane was left open as authorities investigated the accident, snarling traffic back to the Interstate 805 interchange. All lanes were re-opened by 10:20 a.m.

Then at 4:21 a.m., CHP officers responded to yet a crash on northbound Interstate 5 near the Cockleburr Road overpass, a couple miles north of the Oceanside Harbor Drive exit. One person was killed in that crash, according to the CHP.