Wrong-Way, Suspected DUI Crash on 118 Freeway Leaves 2 Dead

KTLA reports that a wrong-way crash on the 118 Freeway near Porter Ranch may have been caused by a driver who was under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.

A spokesperson for the California Highway Patrol said in a statement that the crash happened at approximately 4:30 a.m. on Sunday, March 5th.

According to investigators, the driver of a black sedan was heading eastbound in the westbound lanes of the 118 Freeway when they with a yellow box truck at Tampa Avenue.

The truck landed on the sedan, crushing the front end and top of the car. The impact force caused the box truck to roll into an embankment and onto its side next to the exit ramp.

The CHP, firefighters, and paramedics responded to the scene of the crash. Two people inside the sedan were pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the wrong-way sedan survived the crash and was transported to an area hospital with severe injuries. They are suspected of being under the influence of alcohol or drugs at the time of the fatal crash.

The CHP said that the box truck driver suffered only minor injuries in the incident. 

The Westbound lanes of the 118 Freeway were closed for several hours on Sunday morning while investigators examined the scene and cleared debris from the crash.


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