Plane Hits Car on California Freeway, Killing 1, Injuring 5

The deceased victim was in the car
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 2, 2016 4:40 PM CDT
Plane Hits Car on California Freeway, Killing 1, Injuring 5
Emergency personnel investigate the scene of plane crash Saturday in Fallbrook, California.   (Don Boomer/The San Diego Union-Tribune via AP)

A small plane crashed on a Southern California freeway Saturday and struck a car, killing one person and injuring five others, the AP reports. Witnesses told dispatchers that the plane landed on a vehicle on Interstate 15, about 50 miles north of San Diego. Photos on Twitter showed the nose of the white and blue plane crumpled into the rear of a small black sedan on the shoulder of the freeway.

One person in the car was killed, and three others from the vehicle were taken to a hospital, California Highway Patrol Officer Tony Polizzi said. Two occupants in the plane also were transported for treatment. The conditions of the injured were not immediately known. The plane was a single-engine Lancair IV, according to Ian Gregor at the FAA, which will investigate the crash. The crash blocked two lanes and caused backups on the freeway that runs to Las Vegas. (More plane crash stories.)

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