2 killed, 3 injured in Lake Merced car crash

September 5, 2010 7:34:34 PM PDT
Lake Merced Boulevard was reopened as of 3:30 a.m. Sunday after a fatal collision Saturday night caused a closure of the road from John Muir Drive to Brotherhood Way, a San Francisco police spokesman said.

Two people were killed Saturday night when a light-colored four-door Toyota crashed head-on into the passenger side of a gray two-door Honda that had somehow turned perpendicular to traffic on Lake Merced Boulevard, San Francisco police Officer Albie Esparza said.

Three people who were in the Toyota were transported to San Francisco General Hospital with life-threatening injuries, Esparza and a San Francisco Fire Department dispatcher said. They were still receiving treatment as of 3:30 a.m. Sunday.

The two people pronounced dead at the scene were men of about 20 and 21 years old, Esparza said. They were both in the Honda, the roof of which had to be cut off to allow responding authorities to access the victims.

It is unknown how the Honda came to be sitting horizontally across the lanes of traffic on Lake Merced Boulevard before it was struck by the Toyota at about 10:23 p.m. just north of John Muir Drive, Esparza said.

The road was closed at about 10:35 p.m. Saturday to allow police and fire personnel to access the crash, Esparza said.

The San Francisco Police Department is investigating the collision, Esparza said.


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