RANCHO SANTA FE — A head-on collision Jan. 6 added to the growing number of serious car accidents on the rural roads here.
Reports indicate that at 10:25 a.m., a Ford F-150 pick-up and a Lexus sedan, each with one passenger, collided in the 3000 block of El Camino Del Norte, near where Olivenhain links to Rancho Santa Fe.
The Rancho Santa Fe Fire Protection District, with the assistance of Encinitas Fire Department, responded to the collision. When units arrived on scene, firefighters found the engine compartment of the truck had caught fire.
The driver of the truck, while injured, was able to exit the vehicle on his own, but the woman in the Lexus was trapped and needed to be extricated. Both drivers were transported by ambulance to Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, one as a major trauma and the other as a minor trauma.
El Camino del Norte was closed in both directions for 90 minutes while crews worked to extinguish the fire, treat the victims and clear the roadway. The emergency response included three fire engines, two San Diego Medical Services Enterprise ambulances, and a battalion chief. California Highway Patrol also responded and is investigating the cause of the accident.
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