Two people died and one other was hospitalized after a truck struck a car in the North County Saturday.
According to the California Highway Patrol, a male driver and female passenger were traveling in a red Hyundai Azera north on Old Highway 395 around 2:55 p.m.
The 81-year-old Palm Desert man decided to make a U-turn onto the southbound side of the highway just as 64-year-old Fallbrook resident Makoto Kubota drove his green Toyota Tacoma up behind him.
As the car started to turn, Kubota tried to swerve to his left but was not able to stop the front of his truck from crashing into the driver's side of the Hyundai, the CHP say.
The Azera was pushed off the roadway and slid down the embankment.
The man and woman inside, both 81 years old, were taken to the hospital, but they later died from their injuries.
Kubota was also hospitalized after he complained of chest and knee pain.
For now, the medical examiner's office is withholding the names of the couple killed because their family must be notified.
The crash is still under investigation.