1 killed, 5 injured as plane strikes car on San Diego highway

A small plane crashed into a vehicle on the northbound 15 Freeway in San Diego County on Saturday, April 2, 2016. (Photo courtesy of Cara Starkweather)

One person was killed and five others injured after a small plane crashed and struck a car on the northbound 15 Freeway in San Diego County Saturday morning, the California Highway Patrol said.

The crash occurred near State Route 76, according to the San Diego Sheriff's Department. Witnesses told dispatchers that the plane landed on a vehicle on Interstate 15, about 50 miles north of San Diego. Photos on Twitter showed the nose of the white and blue plane crumpled into the rear of a small black sedan on the shoulder of the freeway.

CHP Officer Tony Polizzi said one person in the car died and three others were taken to the hospital. He says two people in the small plane also were transported for treatment.

The conditions of the injured were not immediately known.

The crash blocked two lanes and caused backups on the freeway that runs to Las Vegas.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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