3 Dead After Wrong Way Crash On I-5 Near LA

CITY OF COMMERCE, Calif. (AP) - A wrong-way driver slammed into
a car full of people on Interstate 5 early Friday, killing two women and himself. Two other people were critically injured.

The southbound lanes were closed from 3:10 a.m. to 6:40 a.m., snarling the morning commute.

The motorist, believed to be in his early 20s, was in a Toyota heading north in the southbound lanes at about 80 mph when it collided with a Nissan carrying four people, California Highway Patrol officials said.

The 19-year-old woman driving the Nissan died at the scene along with a woman passenger in her 20s, CHP Officer Francisco Villalobos said.

Two passengers in the Nissan were taken to Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center. One man was listed as critical but stable and the other was in critical condition in the intensive care ward, hospital spokeswoman Adelaida De La Cerda said.

The identities of the victims were not immediately released.

It was not immediately clear whether any of them were wearing
seatbelts and whether alcohol or drugs were involved in the crash,
Villalobos said.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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