San Diego

3 Hurt After Car Crashes Off Freeway Into Embankment

Three people were hurt Sunday in a two-car crash on Interstate 8 that sent a car through a chainlink fence and down an embankment, a fire battalion chief said. 

The collision happened around 4:30 p.m. westbound I-8 near the Mollison Avenue exit in El Cajon, Heartland Fire & Rescue Battalion Chief Todd Nelson said.

There were three people in the car that spun off the freeway into the storm drain, he said.

The car landed on its roof and a man was able to get himself out but an elderly couple needed to be rescued, Nelson said.

“(The rescue) required some effort,” he said. “The tools and skills of these guys really paid off today.”

The man sustained minor injuries and the elderly man and woman sustained moderate injuries, he said. They were taken to a local hospital for treatment.

The cause of the collision was under investigation.

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