Head-on crash shuts down North County road, sends 3 to hospital

Rescuers responded to a crash that injured at least 3 people in Poway Friday.

SAN DIEGO — Three people, including a one-year-old boy, were rushed to the hospital after a crash that shut down all lanes on a major thoroughfare in Poway late Friday afternoon.

The accident happened on Poway Road, where all lanes were closed between Highway 67 and Espola Road.

Just before 2 p.m., the driver of a red Mazda coupe was headed east in the 15800 block of Poway Road when they crossed in front of a white Nissan Sentra headed the opposite direction, the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department said.┬áThe two met in a violent collision.

When rescuers arrived, the 28-year-old man driving the red car was rushed to Palomar Medical Center in a helicopter to be treated for serious injuries. A 25-year-old mother and her one-year-old son from the white car suffered non-life threatening injuries and were also taken to the hospital, the Sheriff’s Department confirmed.

Officials said they were investigating distracted driving as a potential cause of the crash but alcohol and drugs were not suspected to be a factor.