SAN DIEGO - The California Highway Patrol issued several Sig Alerts in response to accidents throughout San Diego County Thursday.
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Mechanic dies after roadside collision
A mechanic repairing a school bus parked on the shoulder on southbound Interstate 805 and El Cajon Boulevard Thursday morning died after a car crashed into the back of the bus.
According to the California Highway Patrol, the 32-year-old mechanic was repairing the bus' engine compartment shortly before 7 a.m. when the collision occurred.
CHP officials said a 41-year-old female driver lost control of her 2005 Nissan Altima due to the rain-saturated road and crashed into the back of the bus.
The mechanic, a Ramona resident, was trapped in the engine compartment and sustained major injuries. The driver also suffered traumatic injuries.
Both were taken to the hospital, where the mechanic was pronounced dead.
CHP officials said the driver was apparently driving too fast in the wet conditions.
Sig Alerts issued, other incidents linked to wet weather
A Sig Alert was issued on southbound Interstate 805 near Murray Ridge Road and the Interstate 8 connector. One vehicle reportedly spun out and crashed, blocking at least two lanes. A flatbed truck at the scene somehow got stuck on a guardrail and had to be removed.
Another Sig Alert was issued for southbound I-805 at Bonita Road due to a crash involving three vehicles and a semitruck.
Other incidents reported:
-- a late model pickup truck rolled over on westbound state Route 94 at the Greenfield exit at mid-morning. The driver escaped injury, according to authorities
-- a Nissan 200 SX hit the embankment on the Plaza Boulevard off-ramp from southbound I-805. Four vehicles were involved in this collision, and the Jaws of Life were used to pry open the passenger side
-- a pickup truck crashed into a fence along the shoulder early Thursday afternoon along state Route 163 at the entrance to Interstate 8
-- in La Jolla, an out-of-control UPS truck clipped a fire hydrant, creating a geyser that flooded the already soaked street nearby