A car accident on northbound Interstate 805 in Mission Valley on Tuesday left a 9-year-old girl dead.
The two-vehicle accident happened around 2:30 p.m. on I-805 just south of Murray Ridge Road.
Three patients were transported to local hospitals and Yuriko Mendoza, 9, died at the scene. Yuriko lived in Santa Ana with her family.
Paramedics took an adult to Sharp Memorial Hospital and two other children to Rady Children's Hospital, San Diego fire-rescue spokesman Maurice Luque said.
He also said emergency responders had to tear off the roof of the car because victims were trapped inside.
Traffic was backed up for nearly two hours while officials cleared the scene.