(CBS SF) — Four people were killed in a wrong-way collision involving a taxi on northbound U.S. Highway 101 early Thursday morning, according to the California Highway Patrol.
The collision occurred just before 12:30 a.m. just north of Candlestick Point and just south of Third Street, Officer Bert Diaz said.
Multiple reports came in of a Volkswagen going the wrong way on the northbound freeway, first at the I-280 junction and then near the Candlestick Park off-ramp. At 12:29 a.m., Diaz said a CHP unit came across a two-vehicle collision at Paul Avenue involving the Volkswagen and Ford Escape taxi.
“It is very possible it (the Volkswagen) could have been traveling (the wrong-way) for some time,” Diaz said.
According to Diaz, the driver of the Volkswagen – only identified as a woman between 30 and 40 – the taxi driver, only identified as a man in his 60s, and a male and female passenger in the taxi were all pronounced dead at the scene.
One of the passengers in the taxi was also ejected. The CHP is investigating whether the Volkswagen driver and one of the passenger may not have been wearing a seat belt.
The collision occurred in the No. 4 and 5 lanes. All lanes on northbound U.S. Highway 101 were closed overnight with two left lanes reopened around 5 a.m. All northbound lanes reopened around 7 a.m., but residual delays remain.
Diaz said investigators were working to determine whether drugs or alcohol played a factor in the collision.