Passenger killed in accident near San Onofre checkpoint

SAN DIEGO (CNS) – Two people were hospitalized Tuesday following a series of crashes on Interstate 5 in the North County that left a Canadian man in his 30s dead, authorities said.

It started about 6 p.m. Tuesday when a 24-year-old Camp Pendleton Marine driving a 2008 Ford F-250 northbound failed to see traffic in front of him was at a complete stop near the Border Patrol checkpoint, according to California Highway Patrol Officer Jim Bettencourt.

The Ford pickup crashed into the back of a 2014 BMW, killing a rear-seat passenger and sending the sedan into the back of a 2008 Toyota Tacoma driven by a 37-year-old Chino Hills man, Bettencourt said.

Also struck from behind was a 2011 Toyota Corolla driven by a 50-year-old Modesto woman.

The driver of the BMW and another passenger were airlifted to the Scripps La Jolla Hospital with moderate head and neck injuries but were expected to survive, according to Bettencourt.

The deceased was identified as a 32-year-old man from Scarborough Ontario Canada.

Also injured in the crash was the driver of the Corolla, though her injuries were minor, Bettencourt said.

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