Three people were killed and eight others injured late Thursday afternoon when a truck being chased by border patrol agents crashed on Interstate 8 in Boulevard, according to authorities and a report from the scene.
The fatal crash occurred on the westbound side of the freeway near Crestwood Road shortly before 4:30 p.m., according to the California Highway Patrol.
A witness told authorities one of the involved vehicles had been traveling at speeds in excess of 100 mph just prior to the crash, the CHP reported.
Three people were killed, three suffered major injuries and five sustained minor injuries, according to Cal Fire, which reported that most, if not all of the survivors were taken to a hospital.
According to ABC10, which cited information from the CHP, the truck was being chased by border patrol agents and crashed after possibly running over a spike strip.
Two of the victims were in the truck’s cab and the rest were riding in its bed, the station reported.
The wreck left both westbound lanes of the freeway blocked in the area into the early evening, according to Cal Fire.
#CrestwoodIC [final] The IC has updated the injury count to 11 total patients:
-5 minor injuries
-3 major injuries
Command has been terminated, the scene has been turned over to CHP. pic.twitter.com/RGK7Zu27y8
— CAL FIRE SAN DIEGO (@CALFIRESANDIEGO) November 30, 2018
–City News Service
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