Vehicle Plunges Of 400-foot Embankment In Pala

In the state of California, we have some of the most scenic and diverse terrain and the most complex and extensive highway and freeway systems to be found anywhere else in the country. Sometimes the terrain along our state’s roadways can make an accident even more severe, especially in Southern California’s hills and valleys

An early morning crash along Interstate 15 early Thursday morning has left one person severely injured after their vehicle plunged down a 400-foot embankment in Pala. The San Diego Union-Tribune reports that the accident happened in the southbound lanes of Interstate 15 at approximately 5:00 AM.

According to the official report of the crash from the California Highway Patrol (CHP), the motorist went off the roadway and down a sharp embankment that led to a concrete water collection structure. 

Emergency crews from the North County Fire Protection District arrived on the scene and extricated the driver from his vehicle. According to Fire Chief, John Choi, the driver was rushed to Palomar Medical Center for treatment of injuries that are described as life-threatening.  The driver’s identity has not been released by authorities. 

The cause of the crash has not been determined.  The accident is still currently under investigation by the California Highway Patrol.

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