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2 Killed on Tollway in Wrong-Way Crash

April 06, 2002

Two people were killed and a third seriously injured Friday when a wrong-way driver slammed head-on into a car on the northbound San Joaquin Hills toll road near Newport Coast.

The wrong-way driver may have been traveling as fast as 100 mph, California Highway Patrol officials said.

The accident set off a six-vehicle collision about 6:18 p.m. All lanes were closed while an emergency helicopter landed. At least two people were taken to a hospital, officials said. Names of those involved were not immediately available.

At least two cars burst into flames, and some people were thrown from vehicles, police said.

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