CHULA VISTA, Calif. (KGTV) -- Three people were hospitalized after the car they were in struck a boat that fell from a trailer on Interstate 5 in Chula Vista early Monday morning.
The collision happened on northbound I-5 just north of Palomar Street at around 12:30 a.m., according to the California Highway Patrol.
CHP officials said a 30-foot-long boat somehow fell off the trailer that was hauling it, but the trailer continued traveling north.
A 2004 Mercedes-Benz in the fast lane struck the abandoned vessel and then skidded about a quarter-mile before coming to a stop.
The driver, a 48-year-old man from Spring Valley, was able to get out of the wrecked car, but responding firefighters had to cut the roof of the vehicle to get to two passengers that were trapped inside.
ABC 10News learned the two passengers suffered major injuries and were taken to UCSD hospital in San Diego. The driver sustained moderate injuries, CHP added.
The CHP is still searching for the driver and trailer that was hauling the boat. Anyone with information is asked to call CHP.