I-5 in Del Mar reopens after deadly crash

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DEL MAR, Calif. — Authorities have reopened northbound lanes of Interstate 5 following a multi-vehicle crash that killed a man early Tuesday.

All main lanes of the freeway were closed for three hours just south of Via De La Valle, causing heavy traffic backup in the area.

A 27-year-old La Mesa man driving a Toyota struck the center divide about 2:30 a.m. After the crash, the driver walked to the shoulder of the road, according to California Highway Patrol. An Arizona man then smashed his Mercedes into the Toyota.

Heavy fog was reported in the area at the time of the crash that left the wrecked vehicles in the middle lanes just south of Via De La Valle.

Following the second collision, the La Mesa man walked back to his damaged car for unknown reasons and was hit by an oncoming Jeep, CHP said.

Authorities quickly closed northbound lanes of the freeway.

The man’s identity has not yet been released. CHP doesn’t believe any of the drivers were under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

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