LEBEC (CBSLA) – A Ventura County Sheriff’s search and rescue volunteer was killed and several others were injured, including at least three other team members, in a multi-vehicle crash on the 5 Freeway in Lebec.
The crash occurred about 8:06 a.m. Saturday on the northbound freeway at the Vista Del Lago exit near Pyramid Lake as heavy rains drenched the region, the California Highway Patrol reported.
The volunteer team member, later identified as Jeff Dye, was part of a unit that was headed to a training session when they stopped to assist Ventura County first responders with an earlier rollover crash. Moments later, a driver lost control of his car, according to a Los Angeles County Fire Department.
The search and rescue team member was pronounced dead at the scene, and at least nine people were taken to area hospitals.
Three of the SAR teams members at the crash suffered serious injuries, LAFD reported.