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Driver dies after crashing into barrier at San Ysidro border crossing

The U.S.-Mexico border at the San Ysidro Port of Entry in San Diego.
(San Diego Union-Tribune)

A 27-year-old man drove across the San Ysidro Port of Entry at high speed, crashed into a metal barrier and died in the wreck Tuesday afternoon, authorities said.

Tijuana police said the driver’s car also struck a 70-year-old man and a 49-year-old disabled woman on the Mexican side of the border. Witnesses described the man and woman, who they said was in a wheelchair, as vendors.

Mexican Red Cross ambulances took the pair to a hospital for treatment of moderate injuries, according to the Tijuana Fire Department.

The crash occurred at about 2:15 p.m. in a lane that was closed to traffic, California Highway Patrol Officer Salvador Castro said.

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The driver, whose name was not released, died at the scene. He lived in Santa Ana, Castro said.

Hernandez and Mendoza write for the San Diego Union-Tribune.


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