An Alpine woman died Wednesday in a head-on collision that sent one car off the roadway and down an embankment in San Diego's North County.
Crews responded to the collision near the intersection of Deer Springs Road and Champagne Boulevard in Escondido at 12:45 p.m. The location is just west of Interstate 15.
The woman was driving a Lincoln Town Car northbound on Champagne Boulevard at a high rate of speed and crossed over the broken yellow line in an attempt to pass a vehicle, California Highway Patrol said. At that moment, a Toyota Corolla traveling south was approaching.
The Lincoln did not clear the pass and the two cars crashed head-on.
The driver of the Lincoln died at the scene. An Antioch woman driving the Corolla and a man traveling in her car both suffered major injuries. They were rushed to Palomar Medical Center for treatment.
The third vehicle, a GMC Acadia, was also wrapped up in the crash, CHP said. The driver veered off the roadway and the GMC Acadia landed about 150 feet down an embankment. Crews worked through thick brush to hoist the two passengers inside to safety.
They were also transported to Palomar Medical Center with what was described by minor to moderate injuries.
CHP Sgt. Eric Nichols warned that although passing is legal, it is dangerous and should be attempted cautiously.
“Vehicles can certainly pass other vehicles on those broken yellow lines, but it obviously has to be done safely and it’s a very dangerous undertaking,” Nichols told NBC 7.
Champagne Boulevard was closed from Deer Springs Road to Champagne Village Drive as an investigation continued. The roadway was expected to remain closed until 5 p.m., Cal Fire San Diego said.
CHP is investigating whether alcohol or drugs played a factor in the crash.