SAN DIEGO — A young man was killed Monday afternoon when he crashed his white sedan into the back of a disabled truck that had stopped in the center divide of Interstate 5 in San Diego’s East Village neighborhood.
The fatal accident happened shortly after 1 p.m. on the southbound side of the freeway, near Imperial Avenue, according to the California Highway Patrol. According to witnesses, the victim, a man in his 20s with a driver’s license from Calexico, was speeding at between 80 and 90 mph when he hit the right rear end of the truck.
The victim, whose name was not immediately available, died at the scene.
The wreck left all four southbound lanes on the interstate blocked for a time, prompting the CHP to issue a traffic alert for the area. As of 1:35 p.m., one lane had been reopened. As of 4 p.m., two lanes were still closed. By 6 p.m., all lanes had been reopened.
The blue and white truck belonged to a uniform and linen supply company. FOX 5 spoke with the two employees in the truck. They said they had pulled over about 20 minutes before the crash because of a flat tire and were waiting for a tow truck to pull them off the freeway when the white car hit the truck. Neither of the men were injured in the crash.
A witness told FOX 5 that he was merging onto I-5 just as the crash happened.
“I heard a large explosion. It was just a sound you’ve never heard in your car. I was going 60 myself, looked back. I could see debris everywhere,” Brian Kapferer said. “I turned back off the freeway. It looked like a war zone — parts of the car everywhere just disintegrated.”