One man was killed, and three other passengers injured after a solo-vehicle rollover accident on Interstate 5 Saturday morning in San Onofre.
According to the California Highway Patrol, the crash took place at around 8:15 a.m. in the northbound lanes of the highway just south of the border patrol checkpoint, where a 2004 Ford Explorer SUV rolled several times after swerving to avoid impending traffic which had slowed ahead.
Because of the high speed of the SUV, the possibility of coming to a stop to avoid a collision was impossible, and the driver, a 22 year old man from San Diego, was forced to swerve to the right, causing the vehicle to topple.
One of the passengers onboard, a 26 year old man, was thrown from the vehicle during its roll, as he was not wearing his seatbelt. He was rushed to nearby Scripps La Jolla Hospital but was pronounced dead by the afternoon.
Three other passengers, a male and two females, suffered injuries ranging from moderate to major and were taken to Scripps La Jolla and Mission Viejo Hospital for treatment.
The crash forced the closure of the freeway in both directions as the wreckage was cleared away and police investigated the scene, creating a massive traffic backup that spread for miles.
CHP officers have determined that drugs and alcohol were not factors in the crash, and that speed and inattentiveness are likely the only causes.
Residents who frequent this stretch of highway agreed with the police assessment. “Speed was a factor, yes. But everyone familiar with that stretch of freeway knows that most of the time you have to prepare to stop,” said one local commenter. “You can see that traffic is jammed up long before you even get close to the check point. It appears to me that no one in the SUV was watching the road, especially not the driver.”
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