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Driver pinned after crashing into back of semi-truck on I-5 in north San Diego County

Posted at 6:12 AM, Aug 08, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-08 09:12:32-04

OCEANSIDE, Calif. (KGTV) - A driver was rescued and airlifted to the hospital after slamming into the back of a semi-truck on Interstate 5 in the Oceanside area.

The crash happened early Thursday morning on southbound I-5 near Harbor Drive, authorities said.

While the cause of the collision is under investigation, the crash left the car wedged under the back of the semi-truck.

Responding firefighters used the Jaws of Life to get the driver out of the wreckage, and freeway lanes were shut down as a medical helicopter landed to airlift the driver to a hospital in La Jolla.

California Highway Patrol officers at the scene said the driver suffered serious injuries in the crash but they did not appear to be life threatening.