1 Killed, 3 Seriously Injured in Costa Mesa Car Accident on 405 Freeway
COSTA MESA (November 22, 2018) – One was killed and three others were seriously injured after a traffic collision on the 405 Freeway early Thursday, according to The Orange County Register and KTLA.
The accident involving a semi-truck was reported at 2:45 a.m., north of Harbor Boulevard.
As per the reports, California Highway Patrol said a Fiat 500 carrying four people collided for an unknown reason with an unknown vehicle that was stopped on the southbound 405 Freeway. The headlights and tail lights of the small city car were damaged upon impact.
The driver of the Fiat, a 18-year-old man, was ejected in the process while one of his passengers, another 18-year-old man, was able to exit and walk to the freeway’s right shoulder following the crash.
Costa Mesa Big Rig and Car Crash on 405 Freeway
A few moments later, an oncoming Freightliner big rig hit the front of the disabled Fiat which was facing the wrong direction in the No. 5 lane of the freeway.
Two other occupants of the stalled car, an 18-year-old man and a 17-year-old boy, was inside the vehicle when it was hit by the tractor-trailer driven by a 63-year-old Menifee man.
CHP affirmed that the 17-year-old boy from San Diego was pronounced dead at the scene. His three other companions were all transported to hospitals with major injuries.
The names of the deceased and wounded young victims have not been yet released. Meanwhile, all lanes except the carpool lane were forced to shut down as a result of the incident.
The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is urged to contact CHP at 714-567-6000.