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I-5 crash kills woman, preschooler daughter heading into Camp Pendleton area

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013
Issue 50, Volume 17.

CAMP PENDLETON - An Oceanside resident and her 4-year-old daughter were killed today in a crash on Interstate 5 near San Onofre State Beach.

The woman was heading north in the Camp Pendleton area shortly before 9:30 a.m. when her 2007 GMC Yukon plowed into the rear of a stationary big rig at the end of a line of trucks preparing to enter the San Onofre Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Facility, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The impact left the hood and part of the interior of the SUV wedged underneath the cargo trailer of the supermarket delivery vehicle.

The 28-year-old motorist and her Advertisement
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child, who was in the back seat of the SUV, died at the scene, CHP public-affairs Officer Jim Bettencourt said. Their names were withheld pending family notification.

The driver of the Ralphs semi was unhurt.

Intoxication was not believed to have been a factor in the crash, which left the entire northbound side of the freeway blocked for a time and created gridlock as far south as State Route 76 in Oceanside for hours.

By 11:30 a.m., two lanes were open, though a congestion alert remained in effect. The interstate was fully open again in the area as of 2:15 p.m., Bettencourt said.



Comment Profile ImageMe
Comment #1 | Wednesday, Dec 11, 2013 at 9:05 am
That stupid location for a checkpoint/commercial vehicle enforcement two MORE lives........

It's time to shut them down....
Comment Profile ImageFR86
Comment #2 | Wednesday, Dec 11, 2013 at 10:04 am
The reason that a US Border Patrol Checkpoint is 50 miles inland from the border defies logic. Why the San Onofre and Temecula stations are located where they are is just plain STUPID. Add the CHP weigh station and inconsistent operation of these facilities during the course of the day(they don't operate on rainy days) and you wonder what value they bring .............yes the young women should have been more attentive in her driving but the checkpoint does create a dangerous condition. I travel through it everyday and frequently have to slam on the brakes because the Border Patrol is opening or closing it.

The addition of a new border crossing just recently adds to the stupidity and danger.

My sympathy to the young women's family.
Comment Profile ImageMe
Comment #3 | Wednesday, Dec 11, 2013 at 4:19 pm
You are so right FR86.

Having thousands of vehicle suddenly have to stop on a freeway with 65 or 70 mph speed limits is beyond stupid.

I lost track of the number of fatalities that have occurred over the years at these "Checkpoints"...especially on I-5.

It's amazing whenever I see the Border Patrol sitting on the side of I-15...supposedly looking for illegals. Why are they there? So they can pull over vehicles and use their sirens and lights?

Why have "Checkpoints" or sit along the freeway...when they can go to the Bonsall AM-PM or local Home Depot any morning and corral all the illegals they want.

It's time to put all this manpower and all this equipment back at the border where it belongs....and while doing that they should build better and safer commercial weight stations where trucks don't have to stop on a freeway lane.

Simple solution....but too obvious for the lame people running things.
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Comment #4 | Wednesday, Dec 11, 2013 at 6:54 pm
I'm sure the migra know this, but do they not know that smugglers or "coyotes" as they are called don't have a system. Do they think that they'll just driver right up to them and hand themselves in. When the checkpoint are open, they wait. When they are closed, then they drive right by them without a problem. 99% of activity gets through this way, it's the dumb 1% that get caught - probably a newbies!
Comment Profile ImageSan Clemente Resident
Comment #5 | Thursday, Dec 12, 2013 at 8:08 am
Folks. They haven't operated the San Clemente Border Patrol checkpoint for a very long time. Located adjacent to it on both sides of the freeway are State of California truck weigh stations. Those are all over the state.

The trucks have to really slow down to turn into the weigh station. This affects the slow lane only unless the station is really backed up.

The woman obviously was not paying much attention to her driving. I weep for the child.
Comment Profile ImageFR 86
Comment #6 | Thursday, Dec 12, 2013 at 10:02 am
To San Clemente Resident,

What's your point?

The issue is the ineffective and pointless border patrol station and practices of the US Border Patrol. Yes the weigh stations have and do exist but the particular design of the one in question contributes to accidents. There have been trucks colliding with one another while in line doing less than 10 MPH.

The border patrol station has been in operation for a long time so I fail to see your point.

Comment Profile ImageMe
Comment #7 | Thursday, Dec 12, 2013 at 11:56 am
@San Clemente Resident...

I can't speak for the I-5 checkpoint, but they still use the I-15 one. I was stopped at it a few weeks ago.

They also use the I-8 checkpoint all the time in Pine Valley. Got stopped there numerous times recently.

All of them are dangerous and don't belong in the middle of busy freeways.

Put them back at the border...maybe then they'll be able to stop the weekly Panga boats that evade our coastline by slipping by the Border Patrol, INS, Coast Guard, Harbor Police, Navy, Marines, Lifeguards, and local police.

Yep...we'd better pray that terrorists don't use Pangas to deliver a dirty-bomb......our "protection" are all asleep at the wheel.
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Comment #8 | Thursday, Dec 26, 2013 at 3:07 pm
To Me: The truck is stopping for the weigh station...that's what the "enforcement facility" is. It stops all trucks, not just ones coming from Mexico, and checks their cargo/weight. Where should the "weigh station" be? Maybe on the street where you live. Or how about no weigh stations at all (I am sure that will be your next dumb response) and we just allow trucks to carry whatever freight they wish....another safe solution. Try thinking before you offer an opinion with no real solution.

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