FALLBROOK, Calif. – A 55-year-old Fallbrook man died Monday in a violent head-on crash that left both drivers trapped in their mangled vehicles on a rural North County road.
The crash was reported at about 1:20 p.m. on East Mission Road near Live Oak Park Road and the the Megan’s Bluff neighborhood. According to California Highway Patrol, the man was traveling eastbound in a Toyota Tacoma truck, approaching a westbound Ford Mustang from the opposite direction.
Deputies said the Tacoma and Mustang struck each other head-on after the Mustang had drifted to the left over the road’s double yellow lines and into the other traffic lane.
Both drivers — the man and a 47-year-old Fallbrook woman — were alive when rescue crews arrived at the crash scene, video from OnScene.TV shows. Crews used The Jaws of Life to cut a woman out of the Mustang. The same equipment was used to free the man from the crumpled cab of the pickup.
The man was airlifted to the Palomar Medical Center and died at the hospital, deputies said.
According to CHP, the woman was determined to be under the influence of an unspecified drug and was arrested. She then was released to Palomar Medical Center for treatment, officials say.