MISSION VIEJO (CBS) — One person was killed Tuesday morning after a loaded ice cream truck crashed into a parked produce big rig.

The fiery crash was reported at 2:27 a.m. on the southbound 5 Freeway, north of Oso Parkway, California Highway Patrol Officer Denise Quesada said.

The driver was pronounced dead at the scene, Quesada said.

Southbound lanes of Interstate 5 were closed from Oso Parkway to Crown Valley Parkway.

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Comments (9)
  1. Norma says:

    The answer is simple. Eliminate the car pool lanes. Create one trucks only lane for trucks with 8 or more wheels. Reduce the speed limit for the trucks only lane to 45 mph. If the car pool lane is eliminated more ciars can travel in more lanes thus speeding up traffic. If you live in California you have all seen 18 wheelers driving in all lanes up to 90 miles per hour or trying to pass at 25 mph. The CHP doesn’t seem to care. Let’s get it together. Let’s revamp laws and revisit traffic flows. This isnot the 1980’s. Car pooling is a farce and blatantly uninforced. As it stands now grandma and her Poodle can drive in the car pool lanes at 25 miles an hour. Let’s get our traffic flow into 2011.

    1. Pat Robertson says:

      So are you smokin’t hot or what?

  2. Dave says:

    From what I heard last night that woke me up it occurred abot 1:10 – 1:20 AM not 2:20

  3. SDMom says:

    Yes, it happened at about 1:30 am. The truck was engulfed in flames– it was horrible to see. We passed it right after it happened. I thought there were firemen there where all the stuff was spilled but I was wrong — I must’ve been just seeing debris and no EMS was there yet. It was nowhere near the carpool lane. The truck that was in flames was perpendicular to the lanes of traffic. Prayers to the family for their loss.

  4. G LO says:

    I will miss Ernie very much… He delivered to our warehouse in San Diego every morning and was always so cheery every single time he walked in at about 5 am. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family

    1. RSIMON says:

      G L O … we may represent his family and are investigating the accident. I will deliver your prayers to the family. You can email me if you like to robert@thesimonlawgroup.com

  5. Family Rivera says:

    RIP ernie.. our beloved neighbor ❤

  6. jody johnston says:

    the produce truck hit our ice cream truck……..our driver tryed to save him but he was pinned….ran to get the fire extingisher by the time he got back it exploded……so sad for the driver of produce truck

    1. Brad says:

      Jody – our firm is trying to assist the family in understanding what happened, in order to bring them closure. Can you please email me some more information? The deceased’s children and widow would be very appreciative. Thanks, Brad – Brad@TheSimonLawGroup.com

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