Fatal head-on collision on Valley Center Road prompts Sig Alert

At least one killed; Sig Alert to last 2 hours

VALLEY CENTER, Calif. - A head-on collision on a rural North County road killed a man and injured a family of four on Monday.

The crash on Valley Center Road occurred about 11:45 a.m., when a southbound 1996 Toyota Camry veered over a set of double yellow lines and crashed into an oncoming 2007 Chrysler minivan near Cole Grade Road, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Firefighters used the Jaws of Life to pry apart the Camry. The car was so tightly crumpled that it took firefighters more than an hour to get the driver out. He died at the scene. His name was not immediately available.

The other driver, a 38-year-old La Mesa man, his 40-year-old wife and their 7-year-old twin boys were airlifted to hospitals for treatment of various injuries, CHP public-affairs Officer Jim Bettencourt said.

The CHP said the driver of the minivan suffered several broken bones and bruises. His injuries are not believed to be life-threatening. The twins received only minor cuts and bruises, according to the CHP.

The CHP shut down traffic lanes between Mactan and Vesper roads for more than three hours for investigation and cleanup.

The particular stretch of Valley Center Road can be treacherous. The CHP said there are frequent accidents in the area. 

Intoxication was not believed to have been a factor in Monday's collision, Bettencourt said.

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