2 killed after drivers stop to help crashed car on freeway

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Two passing drivers stopped to help a crashed car in El Cajon, but their efforts ended in tragedy.

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EL CAJON, Calif. -- Two people were run over and killed on Interstate 8, as a crashed driver and a would-be rescuer met a tragic end on the pavement in El Cajon Sunday.

Either drugs or alcohol may be possible factors in the crash, though an investigation is ongoing, the California Highway Patrol said.

Around 1:30 a.m., a man lost control of his car on eastbound Interstate 8 and came to a stop in the second lane of the freeway, just before El Cajon Boulevard in El Cajon, California Highway Patrol said.

Two passing drivers stopped to help -- one of the drivers stopped in the center median adjacent to the damaged car, while the other stopped in the right shoulder and ran back to the scene of the crash, according to CHP.

The driver of the damaged vehicle exited his car, into the first lane to join the driver who stopped on the right shoulder.

Police say while the two were talking, a passing driver struck the two after failing to see them on the roadway.

Both pedestrians sustained fatal injuries, while the second would-be rescuer narrowly escaped injury.

Eastbound lanes on the I-8 were closed for several hours after the fatal crash.

Police say the investigation is ongoing and that drugs or alcohol is a possible factor.

The freeway was closed for several hours. Names of the two killed were not immediately released.

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