Country road

Falbrook is the scene of a head-on collision, which closed Reche Road. The accident took place around 7 a.m. on Friday, March 21, at Camino Zara.

A Mercury sport utility van and a Toyota Tundra pickup truck collided head-on with each other. The accident, one mile west of Interstate 15, caused the SUV to flip upside down. The pickup came to rest in a ditch.

Emergency personnel shut down the road. Significant quantities of automotive fluids covered the road after the accident.

Police are investigating the incident, and are looking for any information the public may have about the accident.

John Buchanan, public information officer for North County Fire said, “In the SUV were two women in their 30s, from Escondido. A 48-year-old man from Fallbrook was driving the Tundra.” This is based on a report from the Fallbrook Bonsall Village News.

The three people involved in the accident were transported to local hospitals. The man was transported to Fallbrook Hospital, while the women were sent to Palomar Medical Center in Escondido. None of their injuries is considered to be life-threatening.

Fallbrook is not alone in experiencing head-on collisions. According to AASHTO, a group representing transportation and highway departments across the country, 18 percent of all accidents that do not occur while merging result in head-on collisions.

Country roads are the scenes of three-quarters of all head-on crashes. These often occur on winding, rural roads where visibility is limited. Only four percent of these accidents took place while one vehicle was passing another.

Nearly all of these accidents happen when one vehicle travels into the opposite lane. As is so often the case, excessive speed and not paying attention to road conditions adds danger to the situation.

Head-on collisions can be particularly devastating, as the velocities of both cars come together to produce damage. They are often the cause of fatal wrecks.