A 72-year-old Gardena man who triggered a three-vehicle crash by driving the wrong way on the 241 toll road in Orange was pronounced dead at the scene and three others were hospitalized, authorities said Friday.
The crash occurred about 11:10 p.m. Thursday, north of East Santiago Canyon Road. The man was driving a 2010 Toyota Camry north in the southbound lanes and slammed into a southbound 2006 Ford F-150 whose driver couldn’t swerve out of the way in time, according to the California Highway Patrol. The truck then crashed into a 2018 Chevrolet Camaro.
The pickup truck’s driver, a 19-year-old Corona man, sustained major injuries and was rushed to UC Irvine Medical Center, according to the CHP.
Two passengers, an 18-year-old Corona man and a 19-year-old Corona woman, were also injured and taken to UCI.
The 19-year-old driver of the Camaro, a Riverside man, escaped injury, as did his 23-year-old passenger.
Police have not ruled out alcohol or drugs playing a part in the collision, the CHP said.