A California Highway Patrol cruiser. Photo via CHP

A 66-year-old motorist was killed Monday in a solo crash on Interstate 5 near Camp Pendleton.

The Oceanside man lost control of his 1998 Dodge Caravan while headed north on the freeway shortly after 5:30 a.m., according to the California Highway Patrol.

The minivan swerved to the left and struck a center-divider barrier north of Las Pulgas Road, then veered off the eastern edge of the freeway, hit a second guardrail, overturned and tumbled down an embankment, coming to rest on its roof about 40 feet from the roadway, the CHP reported.

The driver, who was not wearing a seat belt, was ejected from his vehicle. Paramedics airlifted him to Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, where he was pronounced dead.

The accident forced a closure of the far right-hand northbound lane of the freeway for about three hours.

Updated at 5:20 p.m. June 7, 2021

–City News Service

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