The deadly accident occurred at about 1:30 a.m., according to NBC and CBS news reports.The California Highway Patrol officer Mark Hale said that the driver of a 2005 Chevrolet Silverado later identified as 27-year-old Regino Miranda III of Whittier lost control of his vehicle on eastbound State Route 52 where it connects with I-5.
The truck flipped over and rolled several times. It rolled all the way down a steep, iceplant-covered embankment and then landed on its wheels facing the wrong way — northbound — on the southbound side of the interstate freeway.Just moments after the truck landed on the freeway, a 2006 Toyota Corolla approached the wrecked truck at freeway speed. The 23-year-old driver, whose name was not released, could not stop his vehicle in time to avoid crashing into truck. He then pulled his car over to the right shoulder, where a man driving a 2006 Ford pickup truck stopped to try to help.
Then a 1982 DeLorean driven by 21-year-old Joel McClure approached the scene, hit the wrecked Silverado pickup truck in the middle of the freeway, swerved to try to correct, and crashed into the Ford truck driven by the Good Samaritan who had stopped to help the driver of the Toyota.
Miranda died at the scene. He reportedly had recently been released from the U.S. Navy and had been staying with friends in San Diego.
None of the other drivers was hurt.Officials closed both State Route 52 and Interstate 5 for more than four hours while they cleared the scene and investigated the accident. Both roadways were reopened at 5:45 a.m.CHP investigators did not suspect drugs or alcohol as factors in any of the crashes, Hale said.