Wednesday at 12:53 a.m., a 34 year man from Escondido, was driving a 2017 Honda CR-V on Hwy 78 eastbound approaching Twin Oaks Valley Road. The man was proceeding eastbound on Hwy 78, within the #1 lane at an unknown speed.
For reasons that are still under investigation, the Honda collided with the rear of a stopped and disabled 2012 Freightliner tractor towing a 1996 Lufkin fifty three foot (53’) trailer. The tractor-trailer combination was being driven by a 33 year old man from San Diego.
The tractor-trailer combination vehicle was located partially within the center divider and partially blocking the #1 lane of Hwy 78 eastbound. After the Honda collided with the rear of the tractor-trailer, the Honda continued in a southeasterly direction across the lanes of Hwy 78 and was struck by a 2014 Ford F-450 tow truck being driven by a 31 year old man from San Diego. After the collision between the Honda and the tow truck, the vehicles came to rest blocking all lanes on Hwy 78 eastbound.
As a result of the collision, and despite lifesaving efforts given by the on-scene emergency personal, the male driver of the Honda from Escondido died at the scene. The driver of the tractor-trailer combination, and driver of the tow truck suffered no injuries during the collision.
According to the California Highway Patrol, the Hwy 78 lanes near this location were closed from the time of the collision until approximately 4:10 a.m. when the #3 lane was opened. All lanes were opened at about 6:08 a.m. During the closure for the investigation, traffic was diverted off the freeway at San Marcos Boulevard and was able to return to the freeway at Twin Oaks Valley Road. Alcohol and drugs are not considered to be a factor in the collision.
The incident remains under investigation.