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Jul 8, 2010 1:50 PM by Ariel Wesler

Alcohol suspected in deadly wrong way crash

Investigators say a 48-year-old man from the San Bernadino area is dead after heading the wrong way on Highway 101 early Thursday morning. It happened around 2:20 AM on the Santa Maria Way over crossing and the California Highway Patrol believes alcohol was a factor.

The CHP says a Nissan Rogue was traveling northbound in the southbound lane when it crashed into a box truck headed southbound in the same lane. According to the CHP, the truck was in the fast lane when it saw the SUV, but was unable to move out of the way because another truck was in the adjacent lane.

The crash sent the truck airborne and over the car, where it crashed into the guard rail and ended up on its side. The truck driver from the Sacramento area was not injured.

The driver of the Nissan was pronounced dead at the scene. His only passenger, a 33-year-old-man from the Los Angeles area, was transported to Marian Medical Center with minor injuries. Both were doing business on the Central Coast. The SUV was a rental.

Highway 101 was shut down near Santa Maria Way for about four hours as crews cleared the scene.

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