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2 killed by wrong-way driver on 91 Freeway

January 19, 2011 |  8:04 am

Two people were killed and one injured when a car drove the wrong way Wednesday morning on the 91 Freeway in Anaheim.

A 21-year-old man from South Gate was traveling west in the eastbound lanes about 1 a.m. in a Mercedes-Benz when he crashed into a Toyota Scion near the Harbor Boulevard exit, authorities said.

It was unclear how long the man had been driving the wrong way, said Officer Denise Quesada of the California Highway Patrol.

The Scion driver, a 26-year-old man from Diamond Bar, was ejected from his car and died at the scene. His passenger, a 24-year-old woman from Long Beach, also died but she did not eject from the car.

The Mercedes driver was taken to UC Irvine Medical Center in grave condition and was placed under arrest by California Highway Patrol officers.

Investigators were trying to determine why the man was allegedly driving the wrong way on the freeway.

The eastbound lanes in the area were closed temporarily during the investigation but were reopened at 4:30 a.m.


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