ENCINITAS, Calif. — A stretch of lanes on southbound Interstate 5 was closed for several hours Monday following a deadly semi-truck crash, officials said.
The collision happened around 10:45 a.m. on southbound I-5, near Encinitas Boulevard, Officer Hunter Gerber with California Highway Patrol said in a release.
Authorities say a 40-year-old woman was driving a white Chrysler Pacifica in the fourth southbound lane when she veered onto the right shoulder and crashed into a disabled gray Honda Civic on the right shoulder.
The impact of the crash sent both vehicles into the right shoulder guardrail and also into the path of a semi-truck, Gerber said. The semi-truck collided into both vehicles, causing the Chrysler minivan to overturn.
The passenger of the Chrysler, a 33-year-old woman, died in the crash while the driver, front seat passenger and infant from the Chrysler were taken to the hospital for moderate to major non-life-threating injuries, per CHP. Three kids in the Honda Civic were also taken to the hospital for minor to moderate injuries.
Shortly after 11 a.m., Caltrans announced that all southbound lanes were closed due to the collision, which involved a semi-truck. All lanes didn’t reopen until 3:11 p.m.
Aerial footage of the scene captured by SkyFOX showed several vehicles on the side of the freeway, including a semi-truck and a white SUV with heavy damage.
CHP is asking anyone who has information or may have witnessed this incident to contact the Oceanside Area CHP office at (760) 643-3400.