Woman, child killed in crash with big rig

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CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. — A woman and her 4-year-old daughter died Tuesday when their SUV crashed into the back of tractor-trailer stopped in a line at the San Onofre truck inspection station.

The northbound Chevrolet Yukon  being driven by the 28-year-old mother smashed into the Ralphs supermarket truck about half a mile south of the San Clemente Border Patrol Station in the Camp Pendleton area about 9:20 a.m., according to the California Highway Patrol. The woman and the child, who was seated in the right rear passenger seat of the Yukon, both died at the scene. Both were wearing seatbelts, the CHP said.

No other injuries were reported.

Helicopter video showed the SUV wedged underneath the left rear corner of the Ralphs truck. The truck was stopped in the right lane of the freeway.

The collision left all northbound lanes in the area blocked for a time, causing gridlock for miles to the south. By 11:30 a.m., two lanes were open again. All lanes reopened at 2:15 p.m., the CHP reported.

The victims’ names were not immediately available.

32 comments

  • Watch-out!

    The area were this wreck took place is notorious for rear-end wrecks.

    You can't call it an accident when you a vehicle runs into the back of a tractor-trailer rig!

    People, look what your doing and drive! Put that flipping phone down! It might just save your life!

  • Art

    Agreed…. pay more attention to the road… tragic still… feel bad for the the family.. especially with the holidays just around the corner…

  • Michael

    Sad to hear of the loss of life but this has to have been due to distraction. Stay off the phone and focus on the road. Horrible time of year for this to happen.

  • Truth B Told

    This article is written as though the SUV were driving itself and purposly killed the "two Occupants". Who was driving the vehicle? Was it the woman or the child???

  • Dawn

    They are saying that the truck was in the emergency lane. I am looking at the picture and he is not. He is in the far right lane or the slow lane. Maybe the truck was stopped in the scale traffic? She changed lanes to go around a vehicle and bam there was the truck? Prayers to the family, so sad.

    • anon

      No it wasnt. I saw this suv slam into the truck. She had to be driving 90+ and was swerving in and out of the lanes, tailgating people and I saw her on her phone. It’s sad how she not only killed herself but also her child. Anyone who knows how the checkpoint is should know not to drive like a maniac in that area.

      • Dawn

        Ummmm, I said the truck was not in the emergency lane. I was correct. He was in the slow lane to enter the scales. I agree with you about the area. I was speculating on what she did to cause this accident. So sad for all parties involved, including those that witnessed this tragic accident.

  • Guest

    Really? People who have no connection, weren't there, and re looking at a picture on the internet feel qualified to make pronouncements about how a mother and child DIED. How insensitive have we become!??!?! Isn't it possible that someone cut her off, or sideswiped her, or that her tire blew out, or there was some sort of catastrophic engine or parts failure? Can you let the dust settle and the families mourn before you self-righteous harpies jump in with "well, it was obviously her fault" crap?

  • anon

    No it wasnt. I saw this suv slam into the truck. She had to be driving 90+ and was swerving in and out of the lanes, tailgating people and I saw her on her phone. It’s sad how she not only killed herself but also her child. Anyone who knows how the checkpoint is should know not to drive like a maniac in that area.

  • anonymouse

    what a shame. another woman yapping or texting on the phone instead of paying attention to her driving. Poor child had to pay with her life. :( Why don't people get off those damned phones! Every day I run into people on the road that aren't watching what they are doing. Stopped at lights and not moving when it turns green because they are not watching the road, they are watching their stupid phones. They need to totally outlaw having phones in cars. Make people keep them in the trunk while driving.

  • Monoxide

    Stupid phone fondlers. Law enforcement's attempt to stop them from driving is pathetic. The laws aren't enough, it's going to take a high tech approach to stop phone fondlers from driving while fondling.
    The cell towers should detect a phone going over 4o miles an hour and disable it for 5 minutes. That's what's needed here, innovation.

  • michell

    People are so rude,a little child and mother has lost there life ,a father or grandmother ,has to bury their child and all people can do is bad mouth a mother like no of you have ever done anything careless before,smh.prayers for the family

  • cathi

    I’m not going to pass judgement on anyone. Just wanted to tell the family how sorry I am for their loss…especially with Christmas approaching soon. People really shouldn’t be so cruel to each other. Its easy to speculate what happened but no need to write it down and be a jerk about about it. That’s what’s wrong with people today…no frigging respect. If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all. My sympathy to the friends and family of this poor lady and her daughter.

    • The real deal

      She whom casts the first stone,
      "I'm not going to pass judgment on anyone", just a little contradictory. Hey cathi!
      Lets all sit and sing cumby-ya my lord together. That will make it all better.

    • cathi

      You would really sing that with me? Just kidding..regardless…still feel sad for the family…that’s all I have to say..

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