Man dies after breaking out of ambulance on freeway

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CARDIFF, Calif. (CNS) — A man died Saturday evening after breaking out of an ambulance and running across several lanes of freeway traffic in the Cardiff area, authorities said.

It happened around 6:35 p.m. on Interstate 5 south of Birmingham Drive, according to the California Highway Patrol.

An ambulance was transporting a man from Tri-City Medical Center in Oceanside to the VA Hospital in La Jolla. Two attendees were in the back of the ambulance with the man when he broke from his restraints and jumped out the back of the vehicle as it was traveling about 50 miles per hour, the CHP said.

Though the man survived the jump, the CHP said he was fatally struck by a BMW SUV after climbing over the center divider and running across the northbound lanes.

All lanes were reopened to traffic shortly before 9 p.m., Caltrans said.

The identity of the man has not yet been released.

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