A Newbury Park man died after driving the wrong way and crashing on Highway 101 in Carpinteria early Monday, officials said.
About 1:10 a.m. the man was traveling south on the northbound lanes when he crashed into another car and continued driving out of control, according to the California Highway Patrol. The man then crashed into a second car before hitting the center divider and both cars caught fire, the CHP reported.
Four people in the Honda, two adults and two children, were able to get out of the car before it was engulfed in flames.
The 44-year-old wrong-way driver was trapped inside his vehicle and was pronounced dead at the scene, officials said.
CHP closed northbound lanes for hours during the investigation and were eventually re-opened.
The man, who has not been identified, had been reported traveling the wrong way at high speeds from Summerland. Several CHP officers tried to stop the driver, but were unable to. The driver was also involved in another noninjury crash with another vehicle before crashing in Carpinteria, according to the CHP.