One dead, one injured in fiery wrong-way I-5 crash

Barsaba Taglieri
Luglio 9, 2017

A 38-year-old Santa Maria woman was killed early Friday morning after her vehicle was hit head-on by a wrong-way driver in San Diego County.

Emergency personnel were dispatched shortly before 7 a.m.to the area of Rockfront Ranch, which is roughly midway between Santa Maria and New Cuyama, according to the California Highway Patrol.

CHP officers received several phone calls moments before the crash reporting a driver in a sports auto traveling the wrong way on the freeway near 28th Street. The sedan collided with the Tundra's right rear, causing the truck to overturn multiple times, CHP said.

The tow truck driver suffered extensive burns and other major injuries and was taken to UC San Diego Medical Center.

The CHP was investigating whether drugs or alcohol contributed to the crash, but was waiting for toxicology reports. He was seen running over to the wrong-way driver's vehicle, trying to help him as the flames consumed the auto.

Their names have not been released.

The collision is the second such fatal crash on I-5 in just two days.

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