ENCINITAS, Calif. – A driver was airlifted to a hospital after leaping out of a moving pickup truck on northbound Interstate 5 overnight.
Authorities transported the driver to Scripps La Jolla with life-threatening injuries.
A witness told California Highway Patrol officers the driver side door of the pickup truck flung open and the driver leapt onto the freeway at 8:30 p.m. near the Leucadia exit.
The man was hit by at least one other car, CHP officers said.
The pickup truck continued north on I-5 for about a mile without a driver, until it hit a light pole along the La Costa off ramp and stopped.
During their preliminary investigation, no alcohol or drugs were found in the vehicle and it appeared the driver was alone in the truck at the time.
Two lanes were closed off while CHP officers waited for Mercy Air to arrive and transport the victim.
By 9:30 p.m. all lanes were reopened and traffic was back to normal.