Woman seriously injured when big rig collides with pickup on freeway

ESCONDIDO, Calif. — A woman suffered serious injuries Monday morning when her pickup truck spun out and was struck by a big rig and an SUV on rain-slickened Interstate 15 in Escondido.

The crash was reported around 8:05 a.m. on northbound Interstate 15 near state Route 78, California Highway Patrol Officer Mark Latulippe said.

The woman’s Ford Ranger spun out and veered to the left across freeway lanes, then a big rig struck the pickup on the passenger side, Latulippe said. The Ford was later struck a second time by a Toyota 4Runner, according to the CHP.

The injured woman, a 29-year-old Vista resident, was taken to Palomar Hospital for treatment of major injuries, the officer said.

The big rig driver, a 50-year-old Murrieta man, remained at the scene and was unharmed in the crash, Latulippe said. The 4Runner driver, a 19-year- old Santee woman, was also unhurt.

A SigAlert was issued around 8:50 a.m. shutting down the left two lanes, but they were reopened around 9:45 a.m.

While the roadway was wet from morning rainfall, the cause of the crash remains under investigation. Drugs or alcohol are not believed to be a contributing factor to the crash.

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