Woman's Possible Seizure Behind the Wheel Causes Fatal Crash

The deadly accident happened on eastbound I-8 in El Cajon, near Main Street

One person was killed in a six-vehicle crash in El Cajon Tuesday after a woman had a medical issue behind the wheel, California Highway Patrol (CHP) officials confirmed.

The deadly accident was reported around 3:40 p.m. on West Main Street near Interstate 8.

According to CHP,  the woman behind the wheel of a Lexus possibly had a seizure as she was exiting Interstate 8. Thinking quickly, her teen daughter pulled the SUV's emergency brake to slow it down, but the vehicle was moving too fast. 

The SUV rear-ended two cars ahead of it on the offramp, killing one of the drivers inside. The victim was driving a Toyota Prius with a WorldPac logo on the side; the company is a wholesale distributor of car parts, with a local office in Miramar.

During the crash, a red truck ended up on its roof, and its driver was hospitalized for unknown injuries. Six vehicles in all were involved, according to CHP.

The driver of the Lexus has been treated and released.

CHP officials closed off traffic on Main Street  at Marshall so investigators can gather evidence and clear the scene. A SigAlert was issued for traffic in the area by 4 p.m.

Offramps and onramps to and from I-8 were shut down as well.

The collision is under investigation.

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