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California Car Accident Leaves 3 Dead

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A vehicle heading north in a southbound lane in Solana Beach collided with another car on Dec. 20, leading to a fiery crash that killed three people. According to authorities from the California Highway Patrol, the incident started as a Mercedes vehicle was traveling on Interstate 5 toward the California-Mexican border.

The fatal accident, which occurred at 3 a.m., involved a chase with U.S. Border Patrol agents that began when the Mercedes made a sudden U-turn at the border crossing. Agents reported that the car was traveling at 100 mph and they eventually lost it. According to a CHP spokesperson, the driver was traveling the wrong way on a freeway for an extended period of time. The Mercedes was approximately 40 miles past the Mexican border when it collided with the other vehicle, a small Chrysler headed down the Solana Beach freeway.

According to authorities, both the Chrysler and the Mercedes burst into flames upon collision. The driver of the Mercedes as well as two people in the Chrysler died in the crash. Authorities were not immediately ready to speculate as to whether the accident was influenced by the use of drugs or alcohol. The names of the victims were not released when the accident was first reported.

Any driver who is injured in a car crash may attempt to seek compensation for a variety of damages. Injured drivers may receive compensation for medical bills, including long- and short-term care, alternate transportation costs, lost wages and lost potential earnings caused by their injuries. The surviving family members of a victim involved in a fatal car accident may consult a personal injury lawyer for help obtaining compensation for pain and suffering as well as funeral expenses.

Source: ABC News, "Wrong-Way Crash Near California-Mexico Border Kills 3," Dec. 20, 2015