CHP cruiser
A California Highway Patrol cruiser. Photo by Chris Stone

 A man is dead and a woman is in a hospital Wednesday after a single-vehicle rollover crash on Interstate 8 in Alpine.

A 32-year-old El Cajon man was driving a 1999 Chevrolet Blazer west on the highway when he lost control, flipped the vehicle, and was ejected from the car around midnight near Tavern Road, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The man died at the scene. A 40-year-old female passenger was taken by helicopter to Sharp Memorial Hospital with major injuries, according to the CHP.

“At this point in the investigation, alcohol and drugs are suspected to have been a factor in this crash,” CHP Officer Travis Garrow said.

No further information was released. The San Diego County coroner’s office responded to the crash and will release more information after notifying the victim’s family.

A Sigalert was issued closing the freeway at West Willows Road for westbound traffic at 12:31 a.m. About 15 minutes later, eastbound Interstate 8 was blocked at Tavern Road. Tavern Road was reopened around 1:30 a.m. and West Willows Road reopened at 3:02 a.m.

Updated at 10:15 a.m. Nov. 3, 2021

–City News Service