San Ysidro Port of Entry

Driver Dead in Crash at U.S.-Mexico Border in San Ysidro

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A driver died after attempting to speed across the U.S. Mexico Border south of San Diego Tuesday, the California Highway Patrol said.

The driver, a 27-year-old man from Santa Ana, tried to cross the San Ysidro Port of Entry through a closed lane from Tijuana at about 2:15 p.m., CHP said. His silver sedan struck a metal barrier on the U.S. side.

CHP said the driver died at the scene.

According to Tijuana police, who also responded to the crash from the Mexico side of the border, before the driver struck the barrier, he crashed into a 70-year-old man and a 49-year-old woman on foot. They sustained moderate injuries and were transported to a nearby hospital, Tijuana police said.

It was not clear why the driver sped through traffic lanes. An investigation was ongoing.

Footage from SkyRanger 7 showed the crushed silver sedan just next to the gates leading into the United States.

Nine lanes of the border crossing were closed as several law enforcement officers surrounded the area. Traffic was backed up in both directions as a result.

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