Fatal wrong-way crash on California freeway

California Highway Patrol authorities are looking into a fatal wrong-way collision that occurred on the southbound lanes of the 101 Freeway in East Hollywood early Monday morning. According to the LAFD, three-car accidents took place around 4:30 a.m.

The incident began when a driver in a red Toyota Prius was spotted traveling northbound on the southbound lanes. Shortly after, the Prius clipped one vehicle before colliding head-on with a pickup truck. Upon arrival, firefighters found both the Prius and the pickup truck engulfed in flames. The wrong-way driver was trapped in the wreckage and was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the pickup truck was taken to a nearby hospital in an unspecified condition. Two additional individuals sustained minor injuries and received treatment at the scene before being released.

As a result of the accident, a SigAlert was issued on the southbound side of the freeway between the Melrose Avenue and Santa Monica Boulevard exits for several hours. All lanes were reopened by 8:30 a.m.

The victim’s identities haven’t yet been disclosed. There is an investigation currently ongoing to determine the circumstances surrounding the deadly crash.