RANCHO SANTA FE — Emergency personnel from the Rancho Santa Fe Fire Protection District responded to two serious traffic accidents Aug. 20 and Aug. 22.
The first traffic collision involved three vehicles on El Camino Real next to San Dieguito Park Aug. 20 at 3:15 p.m. Six injured people were assessed, with one patient requiring transportation to Children’s Hospital via an air ambulance.
Two of the injured were transported by ground ambulance to Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla and one patient was transported to Scripps Hospital in Encinitas. The two remaining patients refused treatment and were released on scene.
Shortly before noon Aug. 22, Rancho Santa Fe Fire Protection District firefighters and Escondido Fire Department, along with paramedics from San Diego Medical Services Enterprise, responded to a head-on collision on Del Dios Highway near Lake Hodges Dam. Upon arrival, the firefighters found that a cement truck and a full-size Dodge pick-up truck had collided, killing the driver of the pick-up truck. Paramedics checked out and released the cement truck driver. Del Dios was closed for four-and-a-half hours in both directions between Calle Ambiente and Rancho Drive while emergency personnel tended to victims and San Diego County Hazardous Material crews cleaned up the debris.
The California Highway Patrol is investigating the accident.