2 Killed in Wrong-Way Crash on 5 Freeway Near Buena Park; Speeds Reached 100 MPH: CHP

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Two people were killed when a suspected wrong-way driver crashed head on into another vehicle after apparently traveling about 100 mph near Buena Park, officials said Monday morning.

Firefighters respond to a double fatal crash where the 5 and 91 freeways meet in Anaheim on June 19, 2017. (Credit: OnScene.TV)

The crash was reported on the southbound 5 Freeway just north of the 91 Freeway about 3:20 a.m., when the California Highway Patrol began receiving calls about a driver heading north in the southbound lanes.

Preliminary information from the CHP indicated that the driver was traveling in the slow lane about 70 mph, then sped up to 100 mph.

Eventually, the driver crashed his Honda head on into another vehicle, a gray Suburban, CHP Officer Duane Graham said on scene.

A person was apparently trapped and one of the vehicles was on fire.

The lone occupants of each vehicle were killed, Anaheim Fire & Rescue Battalion Chief Chris Richichi said.

The victims were extracted. Graham said the wrong-way driver was described as being in his 20s and the SUV driver is believed to be in his 50s.

Video from the scene showed the wrong-way driver's vehicle with extensive damage and the SUV, its front end and windshield smashed, propped up on the concrete divider at the edge of the highway.

Only the carpool lane of the 5 Freeway was open for hours during the cleanup and investigation and traffic was backed up, according to the CHP. All lanes reopened about 7:40 a.m., Caltrans tweeted.

No further details have been released.

KTLA's Geoff Peters contributed to this story.