Car flies off SR-78, causing chain reaction collision in Oceanside

Posted at 6:19 PM, May 04, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-05 09:42:37-04

OCEANSIDE, Calif. (KGTV) - A car reportedly flew off a freeway in North San Diego County, causing a chain reaction collision.

A 20-year-old woman driving a Buick reportedly careened off westbound SR-78 near El Camino Real, through the fence separating the freeway from the Vista Way, and collided head-on with a Ford Thunderbird being driven by a 47-year-old woman traveling eastbound.

The collision set off a chain reaction, sideswiping a Nissan van towing a small boat. The boat then came loose from its trailer and flew into the westbound lanes of Vista Way, striking a Toyota Prius, being driven by a 43-year-old man, and a Chrysler 300 being driven by a 95-year-old man.

The driver and a male passenger in the Buick both sustained major injuries and were airlifted to Scripps La Jolla hospital. Another male passenger sitting in the back seat of the Buick received minor injuries and was taken to Palomar Medical Center.

The driver of the Thunderbird was slightly injured as well, but not taken to a hospital. No other injuries were reported.

Police are investigating what led to the Buick driving off the freeway, but said they do not suspect alcohol or drugs to have been a factor.