A pickup veered across several freeway lanes, collided with a car and overturned Tuesday morning on Interstate 5 near San Diego’s Nestor neighborhood, leaving one occupant of the truck dead and two other people hospitalized, authorities said.
The rollover crash occurred about 10:50 a.m. on north I-5 approaching Coronado Avenue, California Highway Patrol spokesperson Officer Mark Latulippe said.
Witnesses told investigators that the Ford Ranger, driven by a 65-year-old San Diego man, was headed north in a left lane when it suddenly veered across the five-lane freeway, CHP spokesman Officer Salvador Castro said in a news release. The truck collided on the right side of the freeway with a Volkswagen Jetta.
The crash caused the pickup to roll and eject a 63-year-old San Diego woman in the passenger’s seat, Castro said. Footage from the scene showed the truck ended up on its tires, but facing the wrong way on the right shoulder of the freeway.
Paramedics took the gravely injured woman who was thrown from the pickup to UC San Diego Medical Center in Hillcrest, where she died, according to Latulippe and Castro.
The pickup’s driver suffered major trauma to his extremities and was also taken to UCSD Medical Center, according to José Ysea, a spokesperson for the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department.
The Jetta’s driver, a 24-year-old Chula Vista woman, was trapped for a time inside the car, Latulippe said. Paramedics took her to Scripps Mercy Hospital in Hillcrest with minor injuries, Ysea said.
Investigators don’t know why the Ranger’s driver veered across the freeway but do not believe he was under the influence of drugs or alcohol, Castro said. Two lanes of the freeway were blocked until about 12:15 p.m.