SAN DIEGO (NEWS 8/CNS) - One person was killed in a wrong-way crash on Interstate 5 near Downtown San Diego on Sunday afternoon, a fire official said.
California Highway Patrol dispatchers were first alerted to the crash at 4:06 p.m. on southbound I-5 just before state Route 163.
A black Nissan Versa was reportedly travelling north in the southbound lanes when it hit a white minivan. The wrong-way driver died at the scene, according to authorities.
The driver of the van was trapped inside the other car, San Diego Fire-Rescue Battalion Chief Rick Ballard said. Firefighters were able to rescue him and he was transported to the hospital. He was reportedly complaining of chest pain and also a possible leg injury.
Dispatchers were told one of the vehicles exploded after the crash.
Firefighters blocked three lanes of southbound I-5 near the accident scene, according to the CHP. They were re-opened just after 6:30 p.m.
The crash remained under investigation Sunday night. Authorities did not release the identity or any further information on the wrong-way driver.