Taxi driver killed, 3 injured in wrong-way crash on 110 Freeway in South LA
LOS ANGELES - A man was killed and three others were seriously injured following a violent wrong-way crash on the northbound lanes of the 110 Freeway in South Los Angeles early Friday morning.
UPDATE: Suspect arrested in wrong-way crash that left taxi driver dead on 110 Freeway
Officials said they received multiple 911 calls from people reporting a woman in a dark-colored Chevrolet Cruze traveling southbound on the northbound lanes around 3 a.m. A short time later, the compact car crashed head-on with an oncoming taxi cab near the Exposition Boulevard exit.
When first responders arrived, they found multiple people trapped at the scene. The Jaws of Life were used to pull four people from the wreckage.
The taxi driver, later identified by the LA County coroner's office as 71-year-old Ken Balayev, was declared dead at the scene. He was a Calabasas resident.
Balayev's passenger and the two people inside the Chevy sedan were taken to the hospital with serious injuries.
It's unknown why the woman was going the wrong way.
A SigAlert was in effect for hours and was later lifted by 6 a.m. No further information was immediately released by authorities.