A 54-year-old Murrieta woman and a 64-year-old Dana Point man both sustained major injuries in a head-on collision this morning (Monday, Dec. 8) on State Route 76.
According to California Highway Patrol public information officer Jim Bettencourt, “On December 8, at approximately 6:53 a.m. a 54-year-old female from Murrieta was driving her 1986 Ford Ranger westbound on SR-76 east of Gird at an unknown speed.”
“For unknown reasons she veered into the eastbound lane and collided head on into a 2001 Nissan Frontier driven by a 64-year-old male from Dana Point. Due to the impact from the collision both parties had to be extracted from their vehicles by the fire department.”
“The 54-year-old female suffered multiple facial fractures and was transported via ambulance to Palomar Hospital. The 64 year old male suffered broken legs and was transported via life flight to Palomar Hospital.”
Bettencourt said the roadway was shut down due to the investigation for approximately 1 hour and 20 min.
“Alcohol or drugs do not appear to be a factor in this collision,” he said, but the incident is still under investigation.
Head-on collision impacts traffic on State Route 76 at Gird Road; Sig Alert issued
At approx. 6:53 a.m. today, Monday, Dec. 8, two vehicles were involved in a head-on crash on State Route 76 at Gird Road. Authorities have reported that one or more parties were trapped in the wreckage and emergency workers are trying to free them. It appears that major injuries have been sustained by individuals as a result of the collision.
The California Highway Patrol said the collision involved a red Ford Ranger pickup and a green Nissan. The incident led to both east and west lanes of SR76 being closed for a period of time. Traffic is now been guided alternately through one lane.
No further information is available at this time.