On Monday, April 25, 2011, a Lake Forest car crash involving three Orange County Sheriff’s cars occurred. Authorities said this accident happened on the I-5 freeway near the Lake Forest Drive exit around 5 a.m.
One police vehicle stopped another vehicle at 4:45 a.m. due to a vandalism incident. Three other patrol cars stopped to assist the other deputy with this matter. All of the Orange County Sherriff’s Department cars were on the right shoulder of the freeway when the crash occurred.
The deputies were all out of their vehicles when another vehicle plowed into the rear of one of the cars. The impact was so strong that the patrol car that was hit then slammed into two other police vehicles. The force of the impact also sent the civilian’s car flying across the freeway toward the center divider.
One police vehicle was destroyed and the other two were damaged in this accident. Fortunately, none of the deputies were injured.
Authorities described the driver who caused the accident as a 65-year-old male. No other details were given, except that he was injured and taken to Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo for medical care. He is reported to have minor injuries and a cut to his lower lip.
Three northbound lanes of I-5 were closed for the California Highway Patrol to investigate this O.C. crash.