Caltrans Video at Las Ramblas

By The Dana Point Times

A driver was killed in a fiery collision on southbound Interstate 5 shortly before 1 p.m. Thursday, officials said.

The accident occurred near the El Camino Real off-ramp in San Clemente when a 1980 Ford Ranger pickup, towing a 1950 Oldsmobile on a tow dolly, struck a flatbed lumber truck, according to Orange County Fire Authority spokesman Steve Concialdi.

Both vehicles ended up in the center divider and the pickup and Oldsmobile caught fire. The driver of the pickup was killed instantly. The fire was put out within 15 minutes, Concialdi said.

The driver of the lumber truck, a 55-year-old man, suffered minor back injuries but refused to be transported to a hospital.

All lanes on southbound I-5, as well as the two leftmost lanes on the northbound side, were closed for several hours, causing traffic to backup for miles. The slow lane on southbound I-5 was later reopened to allow vehicles to pass.

An investigation into the accident is ongoing.

Below is video footage of the accident submitted by San Clemente resident Cole Houshmand:

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