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4 dead, 1 critically injured in fiery freeway crash

Posted at 10:49 AM, May 11, 2024

FALLBROOK (KGTV) — A deadly three-vehicle crash on State Route 76 killed four individuals Friday night, prompting the closure of the highway in North County, Cal Fire officials said.

According to the California Highway Patrol, multiple agencies responded to a fiery collision on SR-76 at Horse Ranch Creek Road around 11:18 p.m., where they found five patients involved.

Authorities said the crash happened when the driver of a Chrysler sedan traveling east on SR-76 veered into the westbound traffic lane, colliding with a Jeep Gladiator.

Upon arrival, Cal Fire's Brent Pascua said the Chrysler was fully engulfed in flames.

The head-on crash killed the 58-year-old Jeep driver and the Chrysler driver, along with two adult passengers in the latter vehicle. CHP officials said a third Jeep passenger was transported to Palomar Medical Center with life-threatening injuries.

It remains uncertain whether alcohol or drugs played a role in the crash. The identities of the victims have not yet been disclosed.

The investigation is ongoing, and the CHP is asking anyone who has information or may have witnessed this incident to contact the Oceanside Area CHP office at (760) 643-3400.

Parts of SR-76 will be closed until 8 a.m. on Sunday.

10News will update the article as more information becomes available.