2 killed, 6 hurt when big rig careens out of control on freeway

SAN DIEGO -- Authorities Thursday identified one of the two women killed in a pileup involving a big rig at an East County freeway interchange.

Nancy Jeanette Bauerlein, 57, of Ramona was the driver of a Chevrolet Aveo that was hit by a tractor-trailer that crossed into her lane, the San Diego County Medical Examiner's Office said.

Bauerlein suffered traumatic injuries and died at the scene, officials from the medical examiner's office said. Her passenger,  a woman whose identity officials have not yet disclosed, was taken to a hospital where she was pronounced dead.

The crash, which happened about 2:30 p.m. at the Interstate 8 junction with state Route 125 in La Mesa, also severely injured a 6-year-old girl and left three other people hurt.

 

Investigators said the big rig was heading southbound on Route 125 just south of I-8 when for unknown reasons it veered to the left and smashed through a metal guardrail. It continued across three lanes of northbound Route 125 and crashed through a concrete barrier. It crossed three lanes of the connector ramp from Route 125 to eastbound I-8 and came to rest partially blocking the ramp.

The big rig hit a green Chevrolet Aveo. Both vehicles then crashed into a dark-colored Kia Sorento. The two women in the Aveo were killed. One died at the crash scene and the other died at a hospital. Their names were withheld pending family notification.

A mother, Aneta Andarus, was in the Kia with her own mother and two daughters. Kristina, 6, and Chloe, 4, were taken to Rady Children's Hospital. Kristina suffered spinal injuries and underwent surgery. Chloe was expected to be OK.

Andarus' mother was taken to another hospital and is expected to be OK. Andarus suffered minor cuts and bruises in the crash.

A woman was driving the big rig and a man was sleeping in the cab. Both were taken to area hospitals for treatment of moderate injuries.

"One of our investigating officers is at the hospital, once driver involved is evaluated by medical personnel, he's going to conduct full DUI evaluation on the driver to make sure drugs or alcohol were not involved," said CHP Officer Kevin Pearlman.

One lane of the connector from northbound Route 125 to I-8 east was expected to be closed for several hours.  Investigators were trying to determine why the driver of the big rig lost control of the truck.