Due to Camp Pendleton’s location in San Diego County, it’s not rare to see large vehicles making their way down local highways. Military Humvees are especially prevalent around this marine base. While the men and women who drive these vehicles go through a litany of training, that doesn’t mean accidents don’t happen. Given the size of these vehicles, when they do, the results can be deadly.
Fortunately, there were no fatalities involved in a recent accident that resulted in a crash on Interstate 5 close to Aliso Creek. However, two of the marines involved left the scene with at least moderate injuries.
At this time, there’s no word on what caused the driver of the Humvee to crash into a truck while heading south on Interstate 5, though drugs and alcohol have been ruled out.
It was just before 10 a.m. when the accident occurred. Two marines were in the Humvee, both the passenger and driver were males in their 20s. According to the California Highway Patrol, the 45-year-old man behind the wheel of the truck saw a Humvee approaching his vehicle in the rearview mirror.
Before he could recognize that it wasn’t slowing down or stopping, the Humvee clipped the back right corner of the man’s truck. It hit with such force that the large military vehicle spun out of control. First, it headed up the embankment off the right shoulder and then crossed four lanes of interstate traffic before colliding with the center divider.
The passenger in the Humvee is said to have suffered the worst, being taken from the scene with major injuries. The southbound lanes of the freeway needed to be closed down so that a helicopter could take him to Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla. An ambulance took the driver away with moderate injuries.
Had it not been for the size of the truck he was driving (it was a tractor trailer), the driver could also be in a hospital right now.
Nonetheless, he should speak with an attorney immediately to ensure he recoups any damages he may be owed.