North County Fire Protection District ambulance
A North County Fire Protection District ambulance. Courtesy of the district

One person was killed on Interstate 15 near Fallbrook Thursday when a vehicle slammed into an ambulance responding to a previous crash on the freeway.

The initial crash happened at 10:10 a.m. when a Ford Mustang spun out and crashed into the center divider on southbound Interstate 15, south of Mission Road, according to North County Fire Protection District spokesman John Choi.

While emergency crews attended to the Mustang’s driver — who sustained minor injuries in the crash — the driver of a Crown Victoria lost control and crashed into an ambulance at the scene at 10:32 a.m., Choi said.

The Crown Victoria’s passenger was killed at the scene, while its driver suffered major injuries and was taken to Palomar Medical Center in Escondido. The people inside the ambulance — which included the Mustang driver and emergency personnel — sustained minor injuries in the ensuing crash, Choi said.

The fire department reported the three left lanes of southbound Interstate 15 were closed. Motorists were advised to slow down and move over whenever first responders were responding to accidents, Choi said.

–City News Service