Vista woman, 29, seriously injured in I-15 crash in Escondido - The San Diego Union-Tribune

A 29-year-old Vista woman was seriously injured Monday morning when her pickup spun out across a rain-slick Escondido freeway and into the path of an oncoming big rig, authorities said.

It happened around 8:05 a.m. on north Interstate 15 near state Route 78, California Highway Patrol spokesman Officer Mark Latulippe said in a statement.

It was unclear why the woman lost control of her Ford Ranger, but the truck “slid out of control ... and slid across the lanes into the path” of a Freightliner semi hauling two dump trailers, Latulippe said.

The trucker was unable to avoid hitting the Ranger and struck the passenger side of the pickup, Latulippe said. A 19-year-old Santee woman in a Toyota 4Runner was unable to avoid the nearby collision in front of her and struck the Ranger.

Medics treated the Vista woman at the scene before Escondido Fire Department personnel took her to Palomar Medical Center with major injuries, Latulippe said. The 50-year-old Murrieta man driving the big rig and the Santee woman in the 4Runner were both uninjured.

A SigAlert was issued around 8:50 a.m. shutting down the left two lanes, but the lanes were reopened around 9:45 a.m.

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