Two killed when truck plunges off Interstate 5

SAN DIEGO (CNS) – A 58-year-old North Park man and a 58-year-old woman visiting from Pennsylvania were killed when a full-size pickup truck crashed off Interstate 5 in Bay Park Monday, according to the San Diego County Medical Examiner's Office.

The man and woman were among four people in a northbound Toyota Tundra that spun out of control just south of Clairemont Drive shortly after 11 a.m. Monday, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The man, who was driving, apparently was attempting to change lanes when he swerved to avoid colliding with another vehicle and lost control, the Medical Examiner's Office reported.

Witnesses reported seeing the truck “weaving around” before it skidded off the freeway, overturned and tumbled down an ice plant-covered slope, CHP public affairs Officer Jesse Udovich said.

The two other occupants of the Tundra were injured and taken to Scripps Hospital. The extent of their injuries was not immediately clear.

The names of the man and woman killed were withheld pending family notification. According to the Medical Examiner's Office, the woman lived in Pocono Summit, Pa.

Two northbound lanes remained blocked by emergency vehicles into the early afternoon, causing congestion that stretched for several miles. The freeway was fully open again by shortly before 2:30 p.m.

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