On December 18, 2018 at approximately 7:16 AM, the California Highway Patrol Border Communications Center received a call of a two vehicle collision on Interstate 15 near 9th Avenue. Emergency services personnel from the California Highway Patrol and Escondido Fire Department responded to the collision scene. After the California Highway Patrol arrived on scene and began their investigation, it was determined that a 50 year old male from Santee, CA was driving an MTS (Metropolitan Transit System) bus on Interstate 15 northbound near 9th Avenue in the HOV number one (#1) traffic lane approaching the rear of a stopped 2013 Chevrolet Silverado. The driver of the 2013 Chevrolet, a 36 year old male from Ramona, CA, had stopped partially within the #1 lane of the HOV lanes and the left shoulder area to adjust the ladder that was within the bed of the 2013 Chevrolet. After the driver of the Chevrolet entered his pickup truck, the MTS bus struck the rear of Chevrolet. After the MTS bus collided into the rear of the Chevrolet, both the bus and Chevrolet came to rest within the lanes of Interstate 15 northbound near 9th Avenue. The driver of the Chevrolet was transported to the Palomar Medical Center in Escondido, CA within non-life threating injuries. The driver of the MTS bus was transported, along with seven of his passengers, to the Palomar Medical Center in Escondido, CA with non-life threating injuries as well.
Alcohol and or drug use were not suspected factors in the collision.
Weather conditions were clear and dry.
Interstate 15 northbound number one and two traffic lanes were blocked for approximately two hours for emergency services and the traffic collision investigation. All lanes were re-opened to traffic at 0930 hours. Caltrans responded for the lane closures.
The incident remains under investigation.