09.24.2022 | 4:05 AM | IRVINE – A big rig was consumed by flames following a deadly freeway crash, early Saturday morning.
The incident began with a collision involving a white 2017 Nissan Quest and a black Nissan Versa on the southbound I-5 Freeway near Jamboree Road around 4:05 AM.
Both vehicles became disabled in lanes following the crash and, just minutes later, a big rig collided with one of the vehicles.
The big rig, which was carrying so-called “shipping items,” overturned and struck a center divider following the initial impact and became engulfed in flames moments later.
The driver of the Nissan Versa sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene.
Two others, the big rig driver and driver of the Nissan Quest were both transported to area hospitals with non-life threatening injuries.
All southbound lanes of the I-5 Freeway were closed at Jamboree Road while firefighters continued to douse the big rig fire.
There was no word on what caused the initial crash and the deadly crash remains under investigation.