Four people killed in fatal freeway crash

FALLBROOK, CA – A fatal accident on State Route 76 in North County on Friday night resulted in the death of four individuals, prompting highway closure, according to Cal Fire officials. The lethal collision, which involved three vehicles, occurred near Horse Ranch Creek Road and drew multiple agency responses.

The authorities explained that the crash was instigated by an eastbound Chrysler sedan that swerved into the westbound traffic lane, colliding with a Jeep Gladiator. On responding officers’ arrival, the Chrysler was found completely ablaze, reported Brent Pascua from Cal Fire.

In the devastating head-on collision, the 58-year-old driver of the Jeep, along with the driver and two adult passengers of the Chrysler, were killed. The California Highway Patrol (CHP) confirmed that a third survivor from the Jeep was transported to Palomar Medical Center with critical injuries.

The contributing factors to the accident remain uncertain, with alcohol or drug involvement yet to be ruled out. CHP has not released the victims’ identities. While the investigation continues, the CHP is urging potential witnesses or anyone with helpful information to contact the Oceanside Area CHP office.

As a result of the deadly incident, sections of State Route 76 were expected to remain obstructed until Sunday morning.