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Elderly woman killed in I-5 collision identified

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SAN ONOFRE (CNS) - Authorities Tuesday released the name of a 75-year-old woman who was killed when a van driven by her husband plowed into a stalled box truck on Interstate 5 in the far northern reaches of San Diego County.

Nancy Ann Hull and her 80-year-old husband, both of San Juan Capistrano, were headed south near the decommissioned San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station shortly after 10 a.m. Monday when they encountered the stationary cargo vehicle, according to the California Highway Patrol and the San Diego County Medical Examiner's Office.

The man swerved his 2004 Chevrolet van to the left but was unable to steer clear of the stalled box truck, which had warning reflectors set out behind it, the CHP reported. His wife died at the scene, CHP public-affairs Officer Jim Bettencourt said, and the man was airlifted to Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla with serious injuries.

The driver of the truck, a 51-year-old Gardena man, was unharmed. He told investigators that a transmission malfunction had left the commercial vehicle broken down on the freeway, Bettencourt said.

Three dogs in the couple's van were unharmed and were turned over to animal-control personnel.

The wreckage and emergency vehicles left three of four southbound lanes blocked in the area for a time. Traffic remained gridlocked for miles to the north at midday.

All lanes were open again and traffic back to free flow by 2 p.m., the CHP reported.

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