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Multi-vehicle crash on SR-78 closes roadway for hours

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A three-vehicle collision on a San Pasqual-area highway sent two people to hospitals Thursday and closed a stretch of the road for several hours.

The accident occurred about 8:30 a.m., when a 21-year-old man lost control of a 1991 Pontiac Firebird while speeding to the east on a curving section of State Route 78, several miles east of San Diego Zoo Safari Park, according to police.

The car crossed into a westbound lane near Bandy Canyon Road and hit two oncoming vehicles, first a 2005 Chevrolet sedan and then a 2005 Chevrolet truck, SDPD Officer Frank Cali said. The wreck left the latter vehicle overturned.

Medics airlifted the driver of the Pontiac to a trauma center for treatment of serious leg injuries. The driver of the other car, a 20-year-old woman, was taken to a hospital by ground ambulance with minor injuries.

The 37-year-old driver of the truck complained of pain, but he declined medical treatment, Cali said.

The accident left the roadway shut down in the area until early afternoon, police said.

This isn't the first accident on this stretch of SR-78. In 2009, a vehicle with an adult and child flew off the road. A few months later, there was another rollover crash, which left a motorist trapped inside a vehicle.
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