Wrong-way driver plunges to death off freeway bridge

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Fatal accident on state Route 52

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SAN DIEGO -- A wrong-way driver died early Monday after driving off the freeway and plunging about 200 feet down a canyon in Mission Trails Regional Park.

The single-vehicle crash on the westbound lanes of state Route 52 near Mast Boulevard was reported shortly after 12:30 a.m., according to the California Highway Patrol. The driver, a 66-year-old man, was ejected from the car as it tumbled down the ravine and died at the scene. The wrecked Mercedes came to a rest at the bottom of Oak Canyon. A tow truck was called to remove the wrecked vehicle.

Investigators said the man was heading east in the westbound lanes of the freeway and apparently lost control of his Mercedes Benz C230 while approaching the Oak Canyon Bridge.

"It's unknown if it was on purpose or if something went wrong with the car or if they were intoxicated ... but we've got 100 feet of skidmarks prior to going off over the edge,"  CHP Sgt. Brett Lowery told FOX 5.

The name of the victim  in the crash was not immediately available.

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