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San Marcos, CA – Vehicle Smashes into Caltrans Truck on State Route 78, Injuring Three

Posted on February 5, 2020 | Written By: iadminlaw

Vehicle Smashes into Caltrans Truck on State Route 78 in San Marcos, Injuring Three

SAN MARCOS, CA (February 5, 2020) –  A vehicle smashed into a Caltrans truck in the afternoon on Tuesday in San Marcos, injuring three people. The February 4 incident occurred on State Route 78.

The time was roughly a little before 1:30 p.m., the California Highway Patrol said.

Reports say a vehicle—described as a Jeep Cherokee—smashed into the rear of a Dodge Ram Caltrans truck that was on the shoulder of the freeway’s eastbound side. The Caltrans truck was located beneath the overpass for Nordahl Road, and the state transportation worker was in the vehicle.

According to reports, the worker was going to inspect the bridge when the truck was hit at high speed by the Jeep. The force of the crash shoved the Caltrans truck off the road surface and onto the dirt.

The Jeep spun out and came to a stop on the road, according to Mark Latulippe. Latulippe is a public affairs officer with the California Highway Patrol. At the time of the crash, the Caltrans truck had an illuminated flashing light, according to reports.

Responders arrived and transported the worker to Palomar Medical Center located in Escondido. Responders also transported a woman who had been traveling in the Jeep.

The injuries of the two people were described as moderate to serious, but possibly not life threatening. The transportation worker was identified only as 61 years old and a resident of Santee. The name of the victim has not been reported.

The injured passenger from the Jeep was identified only as a woman 34 years old and a resident of Carlsbad. Her name has not been reported.

The person who had been driving the Jeep suffered injuries that were described as bruises and cuts to the face. The Jeep’s driver was identified only as a man 41 years old and a resident of Carlsbad.

Investigators are collecting details and information to understand why the crash happened.



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