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Driver Killed in Fiery Freeway Crash Near North Park

CHP dispatch said the driver slammed into the center divider of the freeway

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A 24-year-old man was killed early Tuesday in a fiery freeway crash that shut down several lanes of Interstate 805 near North Park, according to California Highway Patrol dispatch.

For reasons still under investigation, a driver slammed into the center divider of the freeway near University Avenue shortly after 2 a.m., ejective the driver from the vehicle. As a result of the crash, the vehicle caught fire and the driver died at the scene, according to CHP.

Four lanes of I-805 southbound were shut down while authorities responded to the scene. Firefighters were able to extinguish the fire and crews cleaned up the debris afterward.  As of 4:45 a.m., all lanes of the freeway were reopened.

Authorities did not release the name of the deceased but described the individual as a 24-year-old man from Chula Vista.

It is unknown if drugs or alcohol were factors in the crash. The investigation is ongoing.

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