Driver killed in wrong-way crash that shut down I-8 for several hours


SAN DIEGO — A violent wrong-way collision on the freeway in San Diego overnight killed one driver and injured another, and authorities shut down lanes for several hours as they investigated the wreck.

The crash happened on Interstate 8 near Taylor Street — not far from the Hotel Circle area — shortly before 2:30 a.m. Sunday, according to California Highway Patrol. Exactly what led up to the crash is still unclear, but a driver was headed west in the eastbound lanes when they slammed into another car head-on.

The driver of a black BMW suffered moderate injuries and was taken to the hospital for treatment, while the driver of a silver Honda was severely hurt and later pronounced dead, officials confirmed.

Officials said late Sunday they were still sorting through which driver was headed the wrong direction. Investigators also said DUI was suspected to be a factor in causing the crash, but they did not indicate which driver was believed to be intoxicated.

After the crash, authorities closed all westbound lanes for a period of time, then started allowing traffic to pass in the right lane only as they processed the scene. The freeway was fully reopened by about 6 a.m.

The wreck was the second wrong-way crash on a San Diego freeway in 24 hours: A driver in a sedan caused a five-car pileup after heading the wrong direction on Interstate 5 in San Ysidro Saturday afternoon. Earlier this month, Caltrans placed dozens of new wrong-way warning signs at exit ramps on local freeways to try to prevent such crashes.

FOX 5 has reached out to California Highway Patrol for further details on the investigation into Sunday morning’s crash.

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