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Robert Bruno, Jr. Fatal multi-vehicle crash on Interstate 8 Freeway in Pine Valley

Multi-Vehicle Crash on Interstate 8 Freeway; 1 Dead

Fatal multi-vehicle crash on Interstate 8 Freeway in Pine ValleyPINE VALLEY, Calif. (Feb. 6, 2019) –  Robert Verlin Bruno, Jr., 48, of Jacumba, died following a multi-vehicle collision early Wednesday morning on the Interstate 8 Freeway near the Pine Valley Bridge, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The car accident took place about 5:15 a.m. on what police described as an ice-slicked roadway.

The motorists involved were on the westbound side of I-8 near the bridge, the CHP said. First, a blue Ford F-150 pickup truck reportedly spun out on a patch of ice and crashed into the side of the bridge. One person was trapped in the vehicle and a Good Samaritan, identified as Bruno, stopped to help the person and parked behind the disabled vehicle with their lights on because the pickup was blacked out.

Seconds later, a third and fourth vehicle including a Subaru Outback crashed into the disabled truck. The third vehicle braked and swerved out of the way and was struck by the fourth vehicle. Bruno was seen jumping over the guard rail, mid-span in order to avoid being struck by the vehicles.

A paramedic hiked down under the bridge to where Burno fell and pronounced him dead on the scene without medical intervention. It’s unknown at this time if he was struck by any of the vehicles involved.

A 4-month-old child was in one of the vehicles involved, possibly the pickup but did not appear to be injured in the crash.

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Interstate 8 Freeway in Pine Valley

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Incident: 00106 Type: Trfc Collision-Minor Inj Location: I8 W / Pine Valley Bridge Loc Desc: I8 W PINE VALLEY BRIDGE Lat/Lon: 32.823258 -116.560397
Detail Information
7:02 AM 47 [97] 85; BRIDGE OPEN REQ CT TO SAND THE #1 LN
7:01 AM 46 [96] [Notification] [CHP]-Problem changed from 1179-Trfc Collision-1141 Enrt to 1181-Trfc Collision-Minor Inj by CHP [Shared]
6:59 AM 45 [93] 82C; 2 SEPARATE TC , SOLO 1181 COP, 2 VEH 1182 , NEG 180’S
6:58 AM 44 [92] 16C; SUBARAU OUTBACK TAKEN BY ROAD ONE
6:50 AM 43 [91] 82C; WILL 98 W/ FD ON THE EAST SIDE OF THE BRIDGE TO DEVELOPE A PLAN
6:50 AM 42 [90] 82C; HELO WILL NOT BE ABLE TO RETRIEVE PRTY AT THIS TIME , UNITS CAN OPEN THE BRIDGE
6:47 AM 41 [88] 1039 OMEGA LL
6:45 AM 40 [85] A108-085 LOCATED SUBJ UNDER BRIDGE 1144 CONFIRMED – ROLL OMEGA
6:15 AM 39 [84] C108-016C SUBARU SW – 1124 ON THE BRIDGE 82C ALREADY ALLED ONE FOR THEM
6:09 AM 38 [81] [Rotation Request Comment] ***1039 DICK’S GUATAY TOW 6194738085 ADVSD THEY HAVE 1 TK 1097 AND ENRT W/ A SECOND
6:07 AM 37 [78] CDF IS UNAWARE OF THE REQUEST FOR THE COPTER // ADVSD
6:06 AM 36 [77] [Rotation Request Comment] ***1039 ROAD ONE TOW 8584925252 IS ENRT W/ 1 TK
5:52 AM 35 [73] PER STAM – ASTREA ADVISING WOULD BE EXTREMELY EXTENDED, MAY GET A QUICKER RESPONSE FROM COPTER 1 THRU FD
5:48 AM 34 [72] C108-016C 1022 THE BREAK / STOPPED BY FD
5:48 AM 33 [71] C108-016C FRM SUNRISE HWY TO THE BRIDGE // NEED A BREAK HERE ON THE WB SIDE COMING INTO THE BRIDGE
5:37 AM 32 [67] C108-082C START ASTREA // CLR SKYS OVER PINE VALLEY BRIDGE
5:37 AM 31 [66] C108-082C ONE VEH WITH NO DRIVER // FD IS LOOKING OVER // SO FAR REST OF THE PTYS ARE UN-INJURED
5:32 AM 30 [64] 82C- NOT ENOUGH TRAFFIC #2 IS OPEN
5:32 AM 29 [63] 16C – ADV 82C – APPRO PINE VALEY BRID FRM EB SIDE / INQ IF NEED BREAK AT PINE VALLEY OR FURTHER EAST
5:31 AM 28 [61] #1 LANE BLOCKED
5:31 AM 27 [59] [Rotation Request Comment] XXXX 1039 DICKS W/FB 619-473-8085 XXX
5:30 AM 26 [58] [Rotation Request Comment] 1021 ROAD ONE NUA
5:29 AM 25 [56] 82C -NAME FOR THAT CALLER FOR LINE 49 — INQ IF STANDING ON THE BRIDGE OR ACTYUALLY DOWN BEWLOS
5:28 AM 24 [54] 1039 COUNTY WIDE W/2ND FB
5:28 AM 23 [52] 82C PASSING EB SIDE // TURNING FOR A BREAK // FD 97 // 3 VEH’S TC’D START ADDT 2 1185S
5:24 AM 22 [34] NO RESPONSE ON THE OPEN LINE FRM GOOD SAM JUST RUSTLING
5:24 AM 21 [32] PLEASE HAVE CALTRANS SAND TRUCKS DROP ANOTHER COAT OF SAND ON BRIDGE DUE TO COMUTERS AND TO AID IN VEHICLE RECOVERY
5:24 AM 20 [31] 3 OTHER VEHS HAVE TC’D INTO THE TRUCK
5:23 AM 19 [38] [Appended, 05:24:30] [4] DEBRIS EVERYWHERE
5:23 AM 18 [36] [Appended, 05:24:30] [2] LEFT LNS BEING BLOCKED
5:23 AM 17 [35] [Appended, 05:24:30] [1] 4 VEH TC
5:22 AM 16 [29] GOOD SAM WAS WAS WALKING TOWARDS THE PTYS NOW JUST AN OPEN LINE W/ NO RESPONSE
5:22 AM 15 [28] GOOD SAM SAID HE HAS PARKED HIS CAR IFO THE TRUCK W/HIS FLASHERS ON THE TRUCK IS BLKD OUT
5:22 AM 14 [27] PTYS OF THE TRUCK ARE OO VEH THEY HAVE A 4MONTH CHILD
5:21 AM 13 [26] GOOD SAM STOPPED TO ASSIST THE TRUCK WAS 1125 IN 2 LANES NOW ONLY 1125 IN FAST LANE
5:21 AM 12 [25] 1185 SAG’D FOR BLK ICE
5:19 AM 11 [23] [Rotation Request Comment] ~*~*~*1039 COUNTY WIDE TOW 619-579-7002 W/FLT BED ~*~*~*~*
5:18 AM 10 [20] [Appended, 05:18:14] [1] TK STALLED IN THE LNS
5:16 AM 9 [18] 1039 FD
5:16 AM 8 [16] [Appended, 05:16:29] [7] VEH SLIPPED ON A PATCH OF ICE / VEH IS BL;ACKED OUT AND THEY ARE TRAPPED IN THE VEH
5:15 AM 7 [15] [Appended, 05:16:29] [6] DEBRIS IN LANES
5:15 AM 6 [14] [Appended, 05:16:29] [5] TRUCK HAS BEEN HIT
5:15 AM 5 [13] [Appended, 05:16:29] [3] RP ADV THAT SHE IS ON THE BRIDGE
5:14 AM 4 [6] [Appended, 05:15:25] [2] VEH IS 1125 AND BLKD OUT
5:14 AM 3 [5] [Appended, 05:15:25] [1] SOLO VEH TC INTO THE SIDE OF THE BRIDGE
5:14 AM 2 [10] [Appended, 05:16:29] [1] SOLO VEH TC / BLU F150 / TRAPT INSIDE THE VEH
5:13 AM 1 [1] GRN VAN STALLED IN #1 LN – NO LIGHTS ON
Unit Information
5:15 AM 15 Unit Assigned

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