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    Wrong-Way 710 Driver Killed, His Two Passengers Critically Injured, When Their Car Smashes Head-On Into SUV

    (March 21, 2004) -- Shortly after 2:00 a.m. on Sunday March 21, a driver entered the southbound lanes of the 710 freeway at Broadway driving in the wrong direction.

    The result was a head-on collision when the wrong-way Nissan Altima smashed into a Chevy Tahoe SUV heading southbound on the 710, south of the 9th St. ramp.

    710 accident, 3/21/04
    Photo: Capt. Scott Clegg, LBFD

    710 accident, 3/21/04
    Photo: Capt. Scott Clegg, LBFD
    LBPD says the driver of the wrong-way vehicle, Vegas Matautia, 31, of LB was pronounced dead at the scene, and two passengers in his car were taken to a local hospital in critical condition.

    The driver of the southbound SUV and a passenger in that vehicle were taken to a local hospital and treated for injuries described as minor to moderate.

    LBFD Public Information Officer Capt. Scott Clegg says Engine 13, Rescue 13, Engine 1, Truck 1, Rescue 1, USAR [Urban Search and Rescue, with sophistated extrication gear] 6 and Battalion Chief 1 responded to the scene. USAR 6 used the Jaws of Life to cut a survivor from the wreckage.

    In a written release, LBPD says a second car was following the wrong-way vehicle but was not involved in the collision.

    710 accident, 3/21/04
    Photo: Capt. Scott Clegg, LBFD

    Anyone with information regarding these events is asked to call LBPD Accident Investigation Detective Brian Watt at (562) 570-7355.

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