LONG BEACH (CBSLA) — Two people were killed early Saturday morning in a multi-vehicle crash involving a wrong way driver on the southbound 405 freeway in Long Beach.
The California Highway Patrol received a call early Saturday morning in Orange County of a Nissan heading north in the southbound HOV lane of the 405.
By the time officers got to the car, it had collided head on with a driver heading southbound in the HOV lane, officials said. Both the wrong way driver — who is being described as a 23-year-old woman — and the driver of the vehicle that she hit died on the scene.
Due to poor visibility, eight more cars were involved in the pile up because they could not see the crash with enough time to stop, officials said.
Seven people were taken to area hospitals — two trauma patients and five minor injury patients — after the crash, authorities said.
The northbound lanes of the freeway were blocked at Palo Verde Avenue until further notice, and traffic was being diverted off the freeway at Studebaker Road.
The names of the victims have not yet been released.
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