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Head-on Crash on Toll Road Kills 2, Injures 1

April 06, 2002|From Times Staff Reports

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 at 6:18 p.m.

All lanes were closed while an emergency helicopter landed to take at least one person to a local 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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