Two people died Sunday and three were seriously injured in a possible DUI crash that closed down a section of Interstate 805 and left presents scattered among the wreck in the Mount Hope area of San Diego.
California Highway Patrol officers responded to I-805 northbound near Market Street for a vehicle rollover with five passengers trapped. Jaws of Life were used to remove the roof of the car and side doors to extract the five people from the crash.
"The angle they struck that support structure, is with the roof of the car, cars aren't made to withstand those kind of forces," said CHP Sgt. Dan Kyle.
Officers confirmed a man and a woman, both from Las Vegas, died in the incident that occurred at 6:06 a.m. They were described as a married couple, though the San Diego County Medical Examiner's office has not identified the husband and identified the wife as "Jane Doe."
Three other passengers, a 34-year-old woman, a 29-year-old man and an unidentified 16-year-old, were transported to Scripps Mercy Hospital, UC San Diego Medical Center and Scripps Mercy Hospital, respectively, with what officials described as life-threatening or major injuries. Those three passengers were all from San Diego.
Investigators said it appeared the car drifted before running into the dirt on the right hand side of the highway and overturning, lodging itself between the guard rail and cement pillar of the overpass.
CHP temporarily shut down the Market Street onramp to northbound I-805.
No further information was immediately available.