Driver injured after 2 vehicles go off I-5 in Carlsbad into parking lot of apartment complex
Incident occurred near Carlsbad Villabe
Last Updated: 37 days ago
CARLSBAD, Calif. - A motorist was hospitalized with major injuries Thursday -- and facing drunken driving charges -- after he crashed his vehicle into the back of a utility truck on Interstate 5 in Carlsbad, sending both vehicles down an embankment and into the parking lot of an apartment complex.
The crash occurred just before 8 p.m. According to the California Highway Patrol, 30-year-old Aaron Sanchez, a Vista resident, was driving his BMW southbound on I-5 south of Carlsbad Village Drive.
Witnesses said the BMW was traveling at high speeds in and out of traffic before slamming into the back of a Ford utility truck. Both vehicles went down an embankment and into the parking lot of an apartment complex at 1001 Pine Ave., landing on top of parked vehicles.
"We're in the slow lane, or the second to the slow lane, and next thing you know, we hear a large crash coming from behind us and we spun out of control," said Edward Olvera, the driver of the truck. "The driver was trying to regain control of the vehicle, but it was too late and we saw the guardrail coming. We hit the guardrail and we flipped right over it and it felt like we rolled a couple of times. When the truck finally came to a stop, we're upside down. We're both in our seatbelts. We could see the engine is on fire, there's lots of smoke and we're in panic mode."
The BMW landed on its roof, trapping its driver inside. The truck landed upside down on a retaining wall.
"I was able to climb out of the window but my partner wasn't able to get out of his seatbelt so I reached back into the cab and I'm trying to get him unbuckled from his seatbelt and he can't get it unbuckled, so I'm pulling on his arm and he's trying to wiggle out of the seatbelt," said Olvera. "Finally, I was able to get him out … and we jump out of the vehicle."
Firefighters lifted up the BMW and freed the driver, who sustained major injuries and was taken to Scripps La Jolla Hospital to be treated.
The truck's driver complained of pain to his shoulder and head. His passenger complained of pain to his neck. Both will seek their own medical aid.
No other injuries were reported.
The CHP says alcohol is a suspected factor in the crash, which remains under investigation.
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