On January 23, 2021, at approximately 12:01 p.m., a 40-year-old woman from Vista was driving a 2015 Chevrolet 2500, and was traveling westbound SR-78, in the #3 lane, east of Twin Oaks Valley Road.
An on-duty Escondido Police Department police officer was driving a 2015 Ford Explorer Police Interceptor, and was traveling eastbound SR-78, in the #1 lane, east of Twin Oaks Valley Road.
A 22 year-old Escondido man was driving a 2020 Chevrolet Silverado, and was traveling eastbound SR-78, in the #1 lane, directly behind the EPD Police Interceptor.
For reasons that are still under investigation, the left rear tire and wheel of the westbound Chevrolet 2500 detached. The tire traversed the center median crossing over onto SR-78 eastbound lanes and struck the EPD Police Interceptor. The Interceptor sustained major damage to its roof and windshield. The tire and wheel continued in motion and struck the Chevrolet Silverado.
The Escondido Police Department officer suffered minor injuries. The CHP, Escondido Police Department, the San Diego County Sheriff Department, and the San Marcos Fire Department responded to the scene to assist all parties involved.
The left lane of the freeway was affected from the time of the collision until approximately 1:07 PM as the scene was investigated. This investigation remains under investigation.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the CHP Oceanside office at (760) 643-3400.