POWAY, Calif. — A 19-year-old woman was killed Tuesday morning when the Ford Focus she was driving crashed into the rear of a Sparkletts Water truck that had broken down on the side of the road.
The crash happened on westbound Scripps Poway Parkway near state Route 67 around 8:15 a.m., according to the California Highway Patrol. A 19-year-old female passenger in Focus had to be cut from the wreckage. The injured teen, a Scripps Ranch resident, was flown by air ambulance to Palomar Hospital for treatment of serious injuries.
The 27-year-old driver of the Sparkletts truck was also injured. He was taken by ambulance to Palomar Hospital.
Westbound Scripps Poway Parkway was shut down so a medical helicopter could land, according to the CHP. A traffic alert was issued.
The crash was the latest in a series of apparently unrelated traffic fatalities around San Diego County.
Around 3:30 a.m., a driver was killed when a vehicle crashed into a tree off eastbound Camino Del Norte near Camino San Bernardo in 4S Ranch. About three hours earlier, a fiery head-on collision involving a wrong-way driver on state Route 52 in the Clairemont area left both drivers dead, according to the CHP.
Two motorcyclists were killed in separate crashes Monday night — one on Interstate 805 in Normal Heights around 11:15 p.m. and the other near the intersection of Friars and Mission Center roads shortly before 6:30 p.m., authorities said.