Uber passenger killed in fiery Christmas morning collision in Pacifica

California Highway Patrol officials said an Uber passenger and the driver of another vehicle going the wrong way on northbound state Highway 1 died in a fiery collision early Christmas morning in Pacifica.

The first report of the collision came in at 2:39 a.m. at Highway 1 and Paloma Avenue.

A driver of a Toyota Corolla was traveling the wrong way on Highway 1 when the Toyota collided with a Nissan Maxima driven by a person working for Uber, CHP Officer Vu Williams said.

The driver of the Toyota was burned beyond recognition after the car caught fire. A passenger in the Maxima died from injuries suffered in the collision, and the Uber driver was taken to a hospital with serious injuries.

CHP officials do not know yet whether alcohol or drugs were involved in the collision, Williams said.

Northbound Highway 1 was closed from about 3 a.m. to 7 a.m. as highway patrol officers investigated.

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