A portion of North Harbor Drive near the airport shut down Sunday night because of a deadly accident. It started around 7 p.m. when a car hit the median and catapulted eight feet into the air, according to witnesses. NBC 7’s Candice Nguyen talked to one couple involved in the crash who are counting their blessings.
A man was killed in a multi-car crash along the Embarcadero Sunday evening, according to officials.
Four vehicles were involved in the accident, which happened on North Harbor Drive at West Grape Street around 7:10 p.m.
Michael Jay Glantz, 62, of Alpine was critically injured when his blue 2010 Hyundai Elantra was struck from behind.
Emergency personnel pulled Glantz from the vehicle and tried to resuscitate him but he was pronounced dead at the scene.
Officials tell NBC 7 two other victims were taken to the UCSD Medical Center. The extent of their injuries is unknown.
Witness Steve Thorn described the crash as a "tremendous explosion."
“The car propelled itself over the island there and flipped over three or four times, at least,” Thorn said.
The domino-effect accident happened about a mile and a half from the San Diego International Airport, where Andy Hendry and his wife had just landed. Hendry said they had only been driving their rental car for five minutes when they were rear-ended.
Hendry says they were lucky.
"We weren't hurt. The car really didn't suffer much damage," he said. "But as you can see, it's catastrophic, the rest of it."
Officials said a white Dodge Charger struck Glantz' vehicle. As a result, Glantz' car ran into a small red sedan that was also traveling southbound.
Glantz' car landed on the raised median between the north and southbound lanes of Harbor Drive.
"I feel so bad for the people, the families and all those people," he added. "That's really too bad. This is really unnecessary."
Multiple units from San Diego Police and Fire-Rescue responded to the scene.
The accident caused traffic problems because of its location near the airport on a busy travel day.
North Harbor Drive from Ash Street to Grape Street was closed until just after midnight.
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