2 killed in violent wrong-way crash on 605 Freeway in Cerritos

A man and a woman were killed following a violent crash on the southbound lanes of the 605 Freeway in Cerritos on Friday morning, officials said.

California Highway Patrol officials say the driver of a red Hyundai Elantra made an illegal U-turn around 2 a.m. on the southbound lanes and started traveling northbound in the wrong direction, striking a gray Honda Civic. Upon impact, the two vehicles burst into flames.

A good Samaritan attempted to help one of the drivers and administered CPR. However, both drivers were pronounced dead at the scene by authorities.

CHP said it is investigating the wrong-way crash as a possible DUI.

The southbound lanes from the 91 Freeway on-ramp to the South Street exit ramp were temporarily closed during the initial stages of the investigation. The lanes were reopened by 5:55 a.m. 

No further information was immediately released. 

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