Driver airlifted after collision in San Pasqual

NEAR ESCONDIDO - A three-vehicle collision on a San Pasqual-area highway sent two people to hospitals on Thursday and closed a stretch of the road for several hours.

The accident occurred about 8:30 a.m., when a 21-year-old man lost control of a 1991 Pontiac Firebird while speeding to the east on a curving section of State Route 78, several miles east of San Diego Zoo Safari Park,
according to police. 

The car crossed into a westbound lane near Bandy Canyon Road and hit two oncoming vehicles, first a 2005 Chevrolet sedan and then a 2005 Chevrolet truck, SDPD Officer Frank Cali said. The wreck left the latter vehicle
overturned. 

Medics airlifted the driver of the Pontiac to a trauma center for treatment of serious leg injuries. The driver of the other car, a 20-year-old woman, was taken to a hospital by ground ambulance with minor injuries.

The 37-year-old driver of the truck complained of pain, but he declined medical treatment, Cali said.

The accident left the roadway shut down in the area until early afternoon, police said.

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