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Car crash on I-5 leads to a fight and deaths of both drivers

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Two people are dead following a vehicle collision Sunday morning on Interstate 5 that led to a fight between the two drivers.

The vehicles struck each other in the northbound lanes of I-5 around 3:44 a.m., according to Mike Zerfas, California Highway Patrol public information officer.

The two drivers, both male, then drove farther north on the freeway, stopped near Del Paso Road, exited their vehicles and began to fight, Zerfas said. One of the drivers was killed in the fight after suffering what appears to be blunt force trauma. Then the second driver, walking north on the freeway, was struck and killed by a passing motorist.

“It escalated from a traffic collision to a fight to a homicide,” Zerfas said.

CHP investigators immediately arrived on the scene, where both men were pronounced dead.

According to Caltrans, northbound I-5 in Natomas near Del Paso Road was closed following the incident but has now reopened. Traffic is flowing normally again.

Update: Read The Bee’s latest story on the drivers’ DMV records here.

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