California driver, 27, dies in crash at US-Mexico border after crashing into barrier at high speed

California driver, 27, dies in crash at US border after speeding through closed lane from Mexico and hitting two people before smashing into barrier at San Ysidro Port of Entry

  • The 27-year-old male driver of the car was pronounced dead at the scene
  • Driving a gray sedan, the man crashed into a metal barrier as he attempted to cross into the US in a closed lane at the San Ysidro Port of Entry, in CA
  • Moments prior, he also struck a man and wheelchair-bound woman on the Mexican side of the border, who suffered ‘moderate’ injuries
  • The cause of the crash is unclear, though the driver was said to be speeding 

One man has been killed and at least two others have been injured in a deadly crash at the US-Mexico Border south of San Diego.

A 27-year-old male driver from Santa Ana, California, reportedly died after crashing into a metal barrier as he attempted to cross into the United States in a closed lane at the San Ysidro Port of Entry just after 2pm local time on Tuesday.

Prior to crashing into the barrier, the driver reportedly struck two vendors on the Mexican side of the port — a 70-year-old man and a 49-year-old woman, who was in a wheelchair.  

The cause of the crash remains unclear, with an investigation ongoing. 

Witnesses said the driver had been travelling at a high speed moments before the deadly impact. 

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The male driver of the gray Hyundai sedan, a 27-year-old from Orange County, was pronounced dead at the scene

The male driver of the gray Hyundai sedan, a 27-year-old from Orange County, was pronounced dead at the scene

Prior to striking the barrier, the driver reportedly crashed into a man and a wheelchair-bound woman

The port has been closed since March

Prior to striking the barrier, the driver reportedly crashed into a man and a wheelchair-bound woman

A spokesperson for the California Highway Patrol (CHP) confirmed to DailyMail.com that the driver was pronounced dead at the scene. He has not yet been named.

Driving a gray Hyundai sedan, the driver crossed over onto US soil but his vehicle was disabled moments later after crashing into the metal containment barrier. 

Footage uploaded to social media showed the crushed sedan surrounded by police near to the gates leading into the US.

The male and female vendors hit by the car reportedly suffered ‘moderate’ injuries. 

They were taken to hospital via Mexican Red Cross ambulances to receive further treatment.

Because the two victims were struck on Mexican soil and the driver came to a stop in the US, CHP said the incident is currently being investigated in two halves between US and Mexican police.

Tijuana police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the striking of the man and woman, while CHP is probing the crash.

A spokesperson for CHP said it’s not currently known how fast the sedan was driving in the moments leading up to the crash, however said the vehicle would ‘have to be going at some speed’ to cause the ‘significant’ amount of damage the car suffered.

The vehicle managed to enter the US but was disabled after crashing into the barrier

The vehicle managed to enter the US but was disabled after crashing into the barrier

A spokesperson for the California Highway Patrol (CHP) confirmed to DailyMail.com that the driver of the sedan was pronounced dead at the scene.

A spokesperson for the California Highway Patrol (CHP) confirmed to DailyMail.com that the driver of the sedan was pronounced dead at the scene.

The San Ysidro Port has been closed since March 21 to all but ‘essential crossings’ in response to the on-going COVID-19 pandemic. The entry point is slated to remain closed until at least January 21, 2021.

Nine lanes of the border crossing were closed after the crash as several law enforcement officers surrounded the area. 

Traffic was backed up in both directions as a result.

A witness to Tuesday afternoon’s crash told Telemundo that another crash occurred at the port the day prior, which he attributed to the rush for people to get home for Christmas.

‘The truth is that people are stressed and these types of accidents happen, and more at this time [of year],’ the unnamed witness said.  

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