LONG BEACH (CBSLA) — Authorities with the California Highway Patrol on Sunday were investigating a fatal wrong-way crash in Long Beach that unfolded on the 91 Freeway.
Police said a 21-year-old woman was speeding the wrong way in the carpool lane of the eastbound 91 Freeway around 5:30 a.m. Sunday morning when the crash occurred. The wrong-way driver then slammed into another vehicle near Atlantic Avenue.READ MORE: CHP Motorcycle Officer Involved In Traffic Collision On Eastbound 105 Freeway At Bellflower
“The CHP received multiple calls of a wrong-way driver, driving westbound in eastbound lanes of the 91,” CHP Sgt. James DeCello told CBSLA. “Unfortunately, it resulted in a head-on collision killing two people.”
CHP also said both vehicles only had drivers inside, both of whom were killed in the crash.
Investigators shutdown the freeway for hours as they combed through the scene. At this time, there’s no indication that drugs or alcohol were involved.READ MORE: First Weekend Eligible Adults Can Receive Pfizer's COVID-19 Booster Shot
“We’re collecting evidence, conducting a traffic collision investigation. Every traffic collision scene is different and we investigate it to the best of our abilities,” DeCello said.
Authorities did add that staying vigilant behind the wall at all times is essential in being able to respond to a sudden emergency.
“You need to be attentive at all times and be able to respond to any emergency,” DeCello said, “whether it be a wrong-way driver, an item in the roadway or vehicles that are stalled.”MORE NEWS: Man Shot And Killed By Huntington Police Saturday As Nearby U.S. Open Of Surfing Was Underway
Neither of the two victims have been named, pending notification of their next of kin.