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San Marcos Man Dies After Crashing Into Construction Truck

A two-vehicle car crash in San Marcos has killed one person, according to California Highway Patrol.

At approximately 7:36 p.m., CHP responded to the incident on the westbound State Route 78 at Nordahl Road, according to the report. 

A construction truck labeled Scorpion Traffix Devices was parked along the side of the SR-78 preparing to work at the time of the incident. A Caltrans worker confirmed to NBC 7 that Scorpion is a contractor company.

A Scorpion worker was waiting to place cones and warnings up for a road project at Twin Oaks Valley Road that was scheduled to begin overnight when the driver of a white truck crashed into the back of the contruction truck.

CHP said the driver of the truck, Christian Carreno, a 27-year-old resident of Vista, was going approximately 80 mph when he hit the construction truck. 

Carreno was reportedly trapped in his vehicle and died at the scene. First-responders confirmed the cause of death was multiple blunt force trauma.

Beer cans were found at the scene, and CHP said it is considering alcohol to be a possible contributing factor to the crash.

Lanes on the westbound SR-78 were closed until about 10:30 p.m.

The incident is under investigation.

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