February 2, 2010 – Two motorists were hospitalized with major injuries Tuesday, including a Marine suspected of having been drunk when his pickup truck crossed the double yellow lines of a rural highway in Pala and collided with a minivan driven by an Oceanside woman, authorities said.
The collision between the Toyota minivan and the Toyota pickup occurred at 9:10 p.m. Monday on SR-76 in Pala, about a mile east of I-15, the California Highway Patrol reported.
Both drivers were taken to Palomar Medical Center in Escondido with major injuries, said CHP Officer Jake Sanchez said.
The pickup driver, a 26-year-old Camp Pendleton Marine, was eastbound when he crossed the double yellow lines of the two-lane road and struck a minivan driven by a 46-year-old woman, trapping both victims in the wreckage, Sanchez said.
Firefighters from Pala and the North County Fire Protection District cut the minivan apart to rescue the driver, a North Comm fire dispatcher said.
Sanchez said the pickup driver is suspected of felony drunken driving.
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