CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. (KGTV) — A man is dead after police say his car ran into the back of a tractor-trailer on Interstate 5 near Camp Pendleton early Wednesday morning.
According to California Highway Patrol, officers received a call around 04:55 a.m. about a collision involving two cars on I-5 southbound, south of Basilone Road.
When authorities arrived at the scene, they learned a 19-year-old man from Simi Valley was driving a Red Hyundai sedan in the fourth lane and a 47-year-old man from Arleta was also driving a tractor-trailer combination in the fourth lane.
CHP says for reasons that are still under investigation, the driver of the Hyundai rear-ended the back of the tractor-trailer. The California Highway Patrol and the Camp Pendleton Fire personnel responded to the scene.
The 19-year-old man was airlifted to Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla where he ultimately died to from injuries.
The fourth lane of I-5 southbound was affected from the time of the fatal crash until around 08:15 a.m., as the scene was investigated.
Police say they are not sure if alcohol or drugs contributed to the deadly crash.
Should a member of the public have witnessed this collision, they are encouraged to contact the California Highway Patrol at 760-643-3400.