09.24.2022 | 2:34 AM | IRVINE – A crash into a stalled pickup truck injured three people, including two who were trapped in separate vehicles, early Saturday morning.
The incident began to unfold shortly after 2:30 AM on the southbound I-5 Freeway north of Culver Drive when a white pickup truck became disabled in lanes.
Before first responders could arrive to assist the disabled motorist another driver rear-ended the stalled vehicle causing a crash involving at least four vehicles.
Two occupants in separate vehicles were trapped as a result of the high-speed crash and had to be freed by firefighters using the jaws of life and other heavy rescue tools. The extrication of one of the victims, an adult male, took nearly an hour to complete.
Both of the trapped occupants along with a third victim were rushed to area hospitals for treatment. They were all listed as “trauma” patients, according to radio traffic.
All lanes of the southbound I-5 Freeway were closed at Jamboree Road for over an hour while authorities worked to clear the scene.
The cause of the crash, including the potential involvement of drugs or alcohol, remain under investigation.