Car Slammed into a Park Excavator Killed 1 in Oceanside, CA
March 5, 2024

San Diego County, California (Oceanside, CA) – On March 3, 2024, an individual died and another was “severely injured” after a car smashed with a parked excavator on State Route 78 in Oceanside, CA.

The collision happened just after 4:15 p.m. in the eastbound lanes near El Camino Real. The Oceanside Fire Department responded to the collision, which they said included a tiny automobile colliding with a huge excavator sitting along the shoulder. Both passengers of the car, who were trapped inside after the incident, suffered “severe injuries,” and at least one was eventually confirmed deceased.

According to the Oceanside Fire Department, workers were able to immediately extricate the trapped driver from the truck and take him to a nearby trauma hospital via air ambulance. It took first responders roughly 30 minutes to release the passenger owing to “challenging circumstances” during the rescue. OFD authorities said they had to employ specialized equipment and advanced tactics during the rescue. They were transferred to a local trauma facility after being rescued, but officials said they fell into severe cardiac arrest while in transit. As of 7 p.m. Sunday, OPD reported that they were in critical but stable condition.
It is unknown if the passenger or driver died as a result of their injuries. The identities of the two have not been revealed by law authorities. Traffic was held up for many hours as first responders worked to rescue the two people trapped inside the car.

The California Highway Patrol is investigating the cause of the crash.

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