North County Pursuit Crash Ends With 1 Dead, Hazmat Response: SDSO

The pickup truck involved in the chase was carrying buckets of chemicals in its bed

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A driver was killed early Friday after a pursuit led to a deadly crash and a hazmat response after chemicals spilled onto the road in Oceanside.

The chase began some time before 4:19 a.m. in Vista when a security alarm went off near the 1900 block of Willow Ridge. Officers responded to the scene and a chase involving a pickup truck ensued, according to the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department.

The suspect later crashed into a pole at Cannon Road and Lake Boulevard in Oceanside, where the driver died at the scene. Footage from the crash showed the vehicle with severe damage to the front and its truck bed full of chemicals in buckets, which spilled onto the road.

A hazmat crew responded to the scene and authorities said a sheriff's deputy was exposed to the chemicals and was hospitalized as a result. They are expected to be OK.

Officials did not release the name of the deceased or detail what hazardous materials spilled on the road.

The investigation is ongoing.

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