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.