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Utah Man Killed in Carlsbad Car Accident on Interstate 5

Young Service Member from Utah Killed in Wrong-Way Crash on Interstate 5 near Las Flores Drive Off-Ramp in Carlsbad

San Diego, California (January 14, 2020) - According to the California Highway Patrol, a young military service member from Utah and an alleged wrong-way motorist were killed early Tuesday morning in head-on crash in Carlsbad.

The deadly accident took place at about 12:00 a.m. on northbound Interstate 5 near the Las Flores Drive off-ramp.

The incident began when police officers were trying to stop a black truck for a traffic violation, but the driver sped away. The driver reportedly entered the northbound lanes of Interstate 5 traveling southbound.

Minutes later, the black truck collided head-on with a silver sedan.

The sedan driver, a man who is believed to be a 19-year-old military service member from Utah, was killed in the crash.

The wrong-way driver, a 42-year-old San Diego man, also died in the crash.  A 35-year-old San Diego man, who was riding as a passenger in the black truck, sustained major injuries and was taken to a nearby hospital.

It remains unclear if drugs or alcohol were factors in the crash. 

Authorities closed northbound Interstate 5 near Las Flores Drive during the investigation. Drivers were diverted onto the Carlsbad Village Drive off-ramp.

All lanes reopened to traffic at 5:45 a.m.

The accident remains under investigation.

Alpine Law Group Sends strength and condolences to the accident victims and their families

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