SOLANA BEACH, Calif. – In a story Dec. 20 about a fatal wrong-way crash on Interstate 5 in California, The Associated Press reported erroneously that U.S. Border Patrol agents chased the wrong-way car. The car was pursued by Customs and Border Protection officers.
A corrected version of the story is below:
Wrong-way crash near California-Mexico border kills 3
Wrong-way driver sped 40 miles down California freeway before causing fiery crash that kills 3
SOLANA BEACH, Calif. (AP) — A driver sped the wrong way down a freeway for close to 40 miles near the California-Mexico border Sunday before smashing into another car in a fiery crash that left him and two others dead.
A Mercedes was heading south on Interstate 5 when it suddenly made a U-turn at the San Ysidro border crossing into Mexico, south of San Diego, around 3 a.m. and began traveling north in the southbound lanes, California Highway Patrol spokesman Jim Bettencourt said.
Customs and Border Protection officers chased the car but lost it as it sped away at speeds of up to 100 mph.
"It's really unfathomable that somebody would drive as far as they did at the speeds they were driving the wrong way on a freeway," Bettencourt told KNX-AM radio.
About 40 miles from the border, the Mercedes plowed into a small Chrysler sedan traveling in the right direction on the freeway in Solana Beach, north of San Diego. Both cars burst into flames.
The Mercedes driver and two people in the other car died at the scene, according to press releases from the San Diego County medical examiner's office.
The names of the dead were not immediately released and it was not immediately clear whether alcohol or drugs may have been involved.