Thursday, April 20, 2017

1 killed in Ortega Highway crash with garbage truck versus Prius

Fatal Ortega Highway Crash Claims Life Of 

Prius Driver

The driver of the Prius, a Lake Forest man, was pronounced dead at the scene of the Route 74 San Juan Capistrano area collision, OCFA said.

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, CA — A Thursday afternoon collision between a Prius and pickup truck collision on the Ortega Highway (Route 74) near San Juan Capistrano left a Lake Forest man dead, authorities reported.
"The Prius driver was pronounced dead at the scene after being cut out of the wreckage," according to Capt. Larry Kurtz of the Orange County Fire Authority.
The driver was identified by the Orange County coroner's office as 69-year-old Lake Forest resident, Mike Madigan.

The other driver suffered only minor injuries, according to the OCFA.

California Highway Patrols incident log stated that the Prius may have crossed into the path of the oncoming truck though the crash remains under investigation.
Both vehicles went over the side of the highway, also known as state Route 74, at just before 4:45 p.m. Wednesday about 5 miles east of Interstate 5, authorities said.

1 killed in Ortega Highway crash with garbage truck versus Prius

A man riding a Toyota Prius died on the Ortega Highway near San Juan Capistrano after colliding with a garbage truck on Wednesday, April 19. (Photo courtesy of the Orange County Fire Authority)


One man died in a crash involving a garbage truck and a Toyota Prius on Ortega Highway on Wednesday, April 19, authorities said.
Firefighters were called to the highway at about 4:40 p.m., about five miles east of the 5 freeway, where they found the two damaged vehicles over the side of the road, said Orange County Fire Authority Capt. Larry Kurtz.
Shortly after firefighters arrived at the crash site, east of San Juan Capistrano, one man in the Prius was pronounced dead. Kurtz said the victim had to be extricated from the damaged car.
One other person had minor injuries, but it was immediately unknown which vehicle that person was in.
Ortega Highway was closed in both directions while the California Highway Patrol investigated the crash.

[Condolences to the family and friends
of the deceased man.  Wishing full
recoveries to those injured.  Is it known
what happened to cause this crash? 
What model, and model year Toyota
Prius was involved in this tragedy?]