A 60-year-old woman was seriously injured in a solo rollover crash on Interstate 5 in La Jolla on Wednesday afternoon, the California Highway Patrol said.
Shortly after 3 p.m., the CHP received reports of a flipped white GMC Envoy on northbound I-5 north of Gilman Drive.
“When we arrived on the scene, the vehicle had overturned into the construction area, traveled down the ice plant embankment across the onramp,” CHP Officer Michael Mazon said.
The woman crossed several traffic lanes in an attempt to exit onto Gilman Drive, he said. The SUV hit the K-rail concrete barrier, overturned a few times and came to a rest on its roof in the construction area, Mazon said
A San Diego Fire-Rescue Department heavy-rescue unit came and extracted the 60-year-old driver, who was the only occupant in the car, Mazom said. She was pinned in the driver’s seat but conscious, he said.
The woman was transported “as a trauma patient to Scripps Memorial,” SDFR spokeswoman Monica Munoz said.
The driver was injured with a possible a broken arm, CHP spokeswoman Mary Bailey said.
The Gilman Drive onramp was closed for about 90 minutes while officers clear the scene, she said. The onramp was reopened around 4:45 p.m.
The cause of the crash was under investigation but alcohol was a possible factor.
“There were some alcohol containers that were in the area (of the crash), but that’s something that has to be investigated at the hospital,” Mazon said.