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One Person Killed and Another Severely Injured on Route 78, Oceanside, California After a Car Crashed into a Parked Excavator

Oceanside, Calif. —  One person died, and another was severely injured when a car crashed into an excavator parked near the shoulder of the highway. The incident occurred Sunday afternoon on State Route 78 on the eastbound lanes near El Camino Real.

According to the California Highway Patrol, both occupants of the vehicle were trapped inside following the crash. First responders worked diligently to extract the trapped individuals from the car.

Once freed, emergency personnel transported both occupants to a nearby trauma center where, en route, one passenger suffered cardiac arrest. The second passenger remains in critical condition.

The identities of the victims have not been disclosed.

Thoughts on parked excavators

These accidents are happening far too frequently — This must stop. Tractors, trailers, semi-trucks, and construction equipment must park in more safe locations. It is deeply concerning that incidents resulting in fatalities and severe injuries continue to happen with alarming frequency.

The presence of large machines like excavators parked near highway shoulders poses significant risks to motorists. These areas are meant for safe passage, and the obstruction caused by such equipment can lead to catastrophic accidents. Whenever these large machines cause devastating accidents, someone needs to be held accountable —the highway is no place to park a large machine.

A thorough investigation into this accident is essential to uncover the factors that contributed to this devastating incident. It is important that all facts come to light so that those responsible can be held accountable.

As we await for more details to come out, our hope is for the full recovery of the individual who sustained severe injuries in the crash, and our thoughts are with the surviving family of the deceased.

Let us work together to implement measures that prioritize safety and prevent further tragedies on our roadways.




The Ammons Law Firm represents clients nationwide in catastrophic injury and wrongful death litigation, with extensive experience in complex auto/tire defect and commercial vehicle cases.

Disclaimer: This post is not legal advice. Information contained in this blog was compiled from third-party sources or is the opinion of the author. Please inform us immediately if false or misleading information is contained in this post.


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